Search for Missing Vallejo Teen Called Off; Family Holds Vigil

Family and friends of Pearl Pinson gathered Sunday evening in Vallejo to hold a vigil for the 15-year-old who was kidnapped last week and has been missing since.

The group gathered on the pedestrian overcrossing in Vallejo where Pearl was last seen Wednesday morning with her suspected abductor, Fernando Castro.

"She’s alive, and I know it," said Rose Pinson, Pearl's sister. "I believe she is going to be found."

Youth pastor Robert Walker came to the vigil to offer prayers.

"It's tragic," Walker said. "I have been emotional for the last three days because I've known her, and just to think that something like this could happen to her is kind of tearing me up."

A search for Pearl in and around the town of Jenner was called off Sunday.

"Nothing was found during the search that would indicate Pearl is there," the Solano County Sheriff's office said in a Facebook post. "Investigators continue to follow-up on leads, and any future search will depend on where those leads take us."

Pearl was abducted Wednesday morning near her home in Vallejo. Castro, 19, whom she knew, was killed in a shootout 300 miles away in Santa Barbara County on Thursday, authorities said.

Officials from several law enforcement agencies searched through 25 square miles in Sonoma County on Saturday. Solano County sheriff's deputies took to Facebook to report that the State Parks and agencies in Sonoma, Mendocino and Marin counties contributed to a group of more than 65 people who searched for Pearl on the ground as well as from the air and in the water.

Pearl has green hair and was last seen wearing a gray sweater, black leggings and had a black and turquoise backpack. Her family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with their search.

Anyone with any information is asked to call their local law enforcement or 911. The Solano County Sheriff's Office also provided a tip line for anyone who may have information about Pearl's whereabouts: 707-784-1963.

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