Police seek public’s help in search for newborn

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Wichita, KS - Police are pressing for the public's help in finding a missing newborn girl whose mother was shot to death in her Wichita, Kansas, home. Police said Friday that 27-year-old Laura Abarca-Nogueda's boyfriend returned home from work Thursday to find her shot to death and their week-old daughter missing. The FBI has joined the search for the week-old girl, Sofia Victoria Gonzalez Abarca.

Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says the girl's father isn't considered a suspect. She says authorities haven't issued an Amber Alert seeking the public's help in finding Sofia because investigators haven't identified a suspect, which is required for such alerts.

Police say of special interest are any reports about someone suddenly passing off a child as their own, or buying large quantities of baby formula or clothing.

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, during a news conference Friday afternoon, urged anyone with information about the missing baby to call an FBI tip line at 800-225-5324.

Sofia is officially listed as a missing person, Wichita police explained on Facebook why her disappearance doesn't meet the criteria for an AMBER Alert.

It is important to understand what the criteria is for an Amber alert to be issued.

One of the criteria includes knowing suspect information to be able to put out to the public

At this time the Wichita Police department does not have any suspect information to put out, therefore no Amber alert can be issued at this time.

The Wichita Police Department is working closely with the KBI and if any facts change, and a suspect is determined, an Amber alert will be issued immediately.

Again, what's important to focus on at this time is that there is a six day old missing and we need to share this information in order to help find her.

Thank you,

Sgt. Woodrow