Hoping to "turn up the heat" on the investigation into the abduction of a 5-year-old girl from her West Philadelphia school last week, community leaders and politicians announced Friday that the reward for information in the case had been raised to $75,000.
That amount includes a $30,000 donation from the office of State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams (D., Phila.), who represents the Eighth District, where the kidnapping took place, as well as $10,000 from the NAACP Philadelphia, Philadelphia Black Clergy, and other community leaders.
The girl was taken Jan. 14 from Bryant Elementary School at 60th Street and Cedar Avenue by an unknown woman posing as her mother. After the two left the school, they walked several blocks to a house. The girl was found by a passerby early Jan. 15 in an Upper Darby playground, wearing only a T-shirt and cowering in the rain.
Anyone with information may contact the Special Victims Unit at 215-685-3251 or the police tip line at 215-686-8477. - Allison Steele