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San Antonio Police Continue Search for Missing Afghan Girl, 3

Nine-day search for missing Afghan girl Lina Sadar Khil, 3

Nine-day search for missing Afghan girl Lina Sadar Khil, 3

A San Antonio police chief says they are continuing the search for a three-year-old missing Afghan girl who disappeared from a playground more than a week ago when she was left unattended.

Lina Sadar Khil went missing from a playground at the family’s apartment complex in the 9400 block of Fredericksburg in San Antonio, where she was last seen on the afternoon of December 20.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus spoke at a news conference at the Islamic Center of San Antonio on Friday, pleading with anyone with more information about Khil’s whereabouts to come forward.

“We need your help, if you know something, even if you think it might not help,” McManus said.

“We want you to call us and give us all the information you have.”

He also ensured their safety and protection of their identities in exchange for valuable information.

As part of the search, the Islamic Center of San Antonio is offering a $100,000 reward and Crime Stoppers of San Antonio is offering $50,000 in exchange for information.

More than $150,000 was raised as part of the search to help find her

More than $150,000 was raised as part of the search to help find her

More than $150,000 was raised as part of the search to help find her

Khil is six feet tall and weighs 55 pounds, with hazel eyes and straight, shoulder-length brown hair tied in a ponytail.  She was last seen wearing a black coat, red dress and black shoes

Khil is six feet tall and weighs 55 pounds, with hazel eyes and straight, shoulder-length brown hair tied in a ponytail.  She was last seen wearing a black coat, red dress and black shoes

Khil is six feet tall and weighs 55 pounds, with hazel eyes and straight, shoulder-length brown hair tied in a ponytail. She was last seen wearing a black coat, red dress and black shoes

The San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) also released a statement Friday to publicly announce their ongoing searches.

“While there are no substantial updates to report, we continue to use all hands on deck to ensure that no evidence, witness statements or clues go undiscovered,” the statement read on Facebook.

In the course of the investigation, SAPD and other departments have refused to exhaust their efforts to find Lina, as they searched other apartments in the family complex, used sniffer dogs and collected surveillance footage from surrounding areas.

Despite consistent search efforts, McManus had said at a news conference on Wednesday that the department is becoming “less hopeful” as the investigation progresses.

“Unfortunately, I have to say that the longer time goes by, the less hopeful we become,” McManus said.

The young girl’s father, Riaz Sardar Khil, and the rest of the family have remained hopeful throughout the search.

“I’m hopeful my daughter will be back,” he told the San Antonio Express-News.

“I know there is a good man among us whose prayer will be answered by God, and that will be the reason for my daughter’s safe return.”

1640705989 382 San Antonio Police Continue Search for Missing Afghan Girl 3

1640705989 382 San Antonio Police Continue Search for Missing Afghan Girl 3

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said the department has become “less hopeful” as the search continues, but is asking anyone with information to come forward.

The child was last seen on Monday, December 20 at block 9400 of Fredericksburg Road between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM

The child was last seen on Monday, December 20 at block 9400 of Fredericksburg Road between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM

The child was last seen on Monday, December 20 at block 9400 of Fredericksburg Road between 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM

Father Riaz Khil

Father Riaz Khil

Riaz Khil, the father of the missing three-year-old, says the family believes she was kidnapped from their apartment complex in San Antonio. The child’s disappearance triggered an AMBER Alert on Monday evening

The family moved to the US in 2019 after fleeing their home country of Afghanistan.

Khil previously told San Antonio TV station KENS5 via a translator that his wife, who is pregnant, was watching their daughter in the playground between 5 and 6 p.m. that day, when the three-year-old walked to a nearby trail and suddenly disappeared.

Lina’s mother initially thought she might have returned to the family’s apartment, but she wasn’t there.

The family then thought that Lina may have left the playground with another Afghan family, but now think she may have been kidnapped.

“In all our lives we have not been as sad as yesterday and today,” said Riaz Khil.

McManus said SAPD and other departments searched other apartments in Lina's complex, used search animals and even viewed surveillance footage from cameras in the area.

McManus said SAPD and other departments searched other apartments in Lina's complex, used search animals and even viewed surveillance footage from cameras in the area.

McManus said SAPD and other departments searched other apartments in Lina’s complex, used search animals and even viewed surveillance footage from cameras in the area.

SAPD has released public statements on social media platforms in an effort to locate her

SAPD has released public statements on social media platforms in an effort to locate her

SAPD has released public statements on social media platforms in an effort to locate her

The father said the FBI questioned him and his wife for several hours on Tuesday.

Lina is six feet tall and weighs 55 pounds, with hazel eyes and straight, shoulder-length brown hair tied in a ponytail. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, red dress and black shoes.

Anyone with more information about Lina’s disappearance is asked to call SAPD’s Missing Persons Department at 210-207-7660.

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