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FBI-backed police on Friday launched an urgent appeal for public help in the search for a Kansas newborn baby, the day after her mother was shot dead in her home, and insisted that the one-week-old girl was at risk during a disappearance which the police chief considered annoying.

Wichita, Kansas, police trying to track down Sofia Victoria Gonzalez Abarca, who went missing Thursday, said clues of particular interest to investigators would be reports of someone suddenly passing a child off as their own or in large amounts Buys baby food or clothes.

Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said the leads were elusive in what he called “a very sad and tragic case” late Friday afternoon. Authorities did not issue an Amber Alert on Friday evening to seek help from the public as investigators did not identify a suspect – a criterion for issuing such a notice.

“We have no information. That’s why I’m here just asking for information, ”said Ramsay. “We implore the church and ask everyone to help us find Baby Sofia. There is no doubt that she is missing and in danger. “

Police said Laura Abarca-Nogueda’s living boyfriend returned home from work Thursday and found the body of his 27-year-old friend and her newborn daughter missing.

Wichita Police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says the girl’s father is not a suspect.

The slain woman’s brother, Israel Abarca, declined to discuss the matter on Friday, telling The Associated Press by phone that the family would not comment publicly.

The FBI said it had dispatched a team that specializes in investigating child abductions, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children said it had dispatched members of its “Team Adam” – retired law enforcement officers – to help look after To help Sofia.

Ramsay asked anyone with information about the missing baby to call an FBI tip number at 800-225-5324.

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