The 13-year-old girl was found dead and 12-year-old in critical condition after being kidnapped by the uncle in Arizona
Arizona police arrested a man who kidnapped two of his nieces, who were found hours later with serious roadside injuries.
The 13-year-old, named by family members as Stephanie Chacon, was pronounced dead on the spot. Her 12-year-old sister, Hayli Chacon, was airlifted to a Phoenix hospital where she is in an extremely critical condition.
Uncle Carlos Eduardo Mora, 27, from Phoenix, was with their mother, the girls and another man in a family home on Wednesday night when the two men and girls decided to drive to a local convenience store.
When the other man went back inside, Mora jumped behind the wheel and fled with the two girls in the back seat.
Stephanie Chacon (right) and her sister Hayli (left) were kidnapped by their uncle on Wednesday
Stephanie Chacon (left), 13, and her sister Hayli, 12, were kidnapped by their uncle in Arizona
As Mora drove off, he hit the other man with the vehicle when he left.
Relatives contacted the two victims by phone after the kidnapping, saying Mora was driving in a crazy way and was heard screaming before the phone was disconnected, police said.
The girls were found along U.S. Highway 60, between Wickenburg and Morristown, after a driver reported an injury on Wednesday at around 9:00 PM.
Troopers found the two victims when they arrived.
Troopers were notified of the kidnapping and were informed of a man seen in bloody clothing a few miles from the scene of the scene at a gas station in Wickenburg where he was arrested.
He told a fake story about how he got to the station, police said, saying the vehicle he was driving was at a nearby hotel.
Arizona State Department agents responded to the hotel and found a vehicle with open windows and keys in the ignition.
They also found a wallet through which they identified the person at the gas station as Carlos Mora.
Carlos Mora, 27, was arrested on Wednesday evening after his nieces were found along the way
According to court documents, Mora admitted that she had taken the vehicle, parked it at the hotel, and walked to the gas station to have a drink before being arrested.
“Mora admitted that he saw people in the vehicle and heard screams of female voices, but as he continued to swerve the vehicle, the voices disappeared,” authorities said in court documents quoted by the Independent every day.
“Mora remembers the events of the evening until she was confronted with direct questions from interviews the girls had with him, and then she can’t remember and hears voices.”
Mora was booked to Maricopa County jail on charges of first-degree murder, serious assault, kidnapping and theft of transport equipment.
He had a $ 1 million bond and the investigation is ongoing.
Briana Campos has started a GoFundMe to raise money for funeral costs
A family friend told them Fox 10 that the sisters were inseparable.
“As soon as Hayli responded, she asked about her sister,” said Briana Campos.
“They did everything together.
“They went to school together. They enjoyed being together. You will love a sibling, but they were the closest in age. ‘
On a GoFundMe page that Campos set up to cover funeral expenses, Stephanie’s former teacher paid tribute to her.
“I was Stephanie’s third grade teacher,” wrote Amber Muntz.
“She was such a nice, hardworking and respectful student. I loved having her in my class because she was always so excited to learn. I will miss her greatly. ‘