SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a 3-year-old girl last seen more than eight days ago.
Officers said Lina Sardar Khil was last seen on Dec. 20 around 5 p.m. in the 9400 block of Fredericksburg Road.
Lina was last seen wearing a black jacket, red dress and black shoes. She is described as being 4 feet tall, weighing 55 pounds, and having brown hair and brown eyes. Officials say the child has straight shoulder-length hair that was in a ponytail when she was last seen.
According to KSAT 12, the child’s family is among the Afghanistan refugees in San Antonio where at least 1,300 people from Afghanistan have come through the Center for Refugee Services for resettling.
As of Tuesday, Dec. 28, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said investigators have not made much progress in the case.
Police said despite pouring massive resources into the search, along with a cash reward for information on Lina’s disappearance, no tips have gotten them closer to figuring out what happened to the child.
“There’s nothing that we haven’t done to try to find her,” McManus said. “It’s frustrating and disheartening, disappointing that we haven’t come up with something yet.”
Police have now shut down both command posts dedicated to the search, but McManus said “there is no lessening of the intensity of the investigation.”
According to KSAT 12, the Islamic Center of San Antonio and Crime Stoppers is now offering $150,000 in rewards for information leading to the arrest of a suspect and the finding of Lina.
On Dec. 22, the Islamic Center of San Antonio put up a cash reward totaling $10,000 but by Thursday, Dec. 23, multiple donations were received totaling $100,000.
Crime Stoppers also announced Thursday that it was offering a reward of up to $50,000. Both rewards combined total $150,000.
Police believe the child may be in grave or immediate danger. Anyone with information on the child’s whereabouts is urged to call SAPD at (210) 207-7660.