MERCED COUNTY, CA. (THECOUNT) — According to Merced County Sheriff Vernon H. Warnke, missing California family members, 27-year-old Jasleen Kaur, 36-year-old Jasdeep Singh, 39-year-old Amandeep Singh, and 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri — have been found dead.

Officials have identified 48-year-old Jesus Manuel Salgado as the suspect who kidnapped the family at gunpoint in Merced County on Monday.

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AP reported the family were located deceased in an orchard. The bodies were found near the area where deputies found the victim’s abandoned phones.

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office says they received a call from a farmer around 5 p.m. telling them the location of the victims after finding them, adding that the orchard field is “very, very remote.”

“There’s no words right now to describe the anger I feel and the senselessness of this incident. I said it earlier, there’s a special place in hell for this guy, and I mean it,” Warnke said.

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Geo quick facts: Merced County, is a county located in the northern San Joaquin Valley section of the Central Valley, in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2020 census, the population was 281,202. The county seat is Merced. The county is named after the Merced River – Wikipedia.

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