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Family pleads for safe return of missing daughter

UPDATE: Sources confirm for CBS 21 that Jeffrey Reid and Karina DeJesus have been picked up in Richmond, Virginia.

We are told Karina is alive.

Stay with us for more updates.


Reported by: Michael Gorsegner
Posted by: Sara Small (Sgsmall@local21news.com)


Right now, the search continues for a missing mother of three who might have been taken by her ex-boyfriend. Jeffrey Reid, 27, is already wanted by police for a series of crimes last week. 

Jeffrey Reid is wanted for a home invasion and a homicide in York and police think he may have been involved in an arson case as well. His ex-girlfriend, 23-year-old Karina DeJesus, had moved to Harrisburg to get away from him. But her family believes he found her and now they are worried for her safety.

"Jeff, just let her go. Please," said Brunilda Ramos, the mother of Karina DeJesus.

The mother of a missing woman pleads with her daughter's potential captor for her safe return. Karina DeJesus went missing last week and her family fears the worst.

"We have faith that she is fine, she's just in a really horrible situation with a man who is capable of harming her," said Madeline Bermudez, DeJesus' Aunt.

That man is 27-year-old Jeffrey Reid. Reid is wanted in connection with the July 19 shooting death of Dashaun Davis in York. 

Police also think he may have set an apartment building along South Duke Street on fire, just two days later, leaving 13 people without a home.

Reid and DeJesus have been in an on-again off-again relationship for years. Her family says she had recently filed a protective order against Reid after he claimed that he was going to kill her before police could track him down.

"He made it known that he was going to kill her," Bermudez said.

According to police, Karina DeJesus was last seen leaving a house with Jeffrey Reid on July 23. Before she left, she told at least one of her children goodbye. 

Now DeJesus' family wants the public to keep a watchful eye to hopefully help bring the mother of three home safely.

"Before you make a decision of not getting involved, just please, think if this was your daughter or family member. Wouldn't you want somebody to help you find your child?" said Bermudez.

In total, police think Reid has been a part of at least two home invasions, a homicide and a case of arson. Now, they are looking into his involvement in DeJesus' disappearance. 

Police also warn people, Reid may be armed and dangerous. If you have any information, give them a call. 
 
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