It was a day and-a-half of hell for a trucker and his family
when 11-year-old Carmen Kados went missing, but they now have her back safe.
The girl was found alive after being kidnapped and held for
36 hours by a man authorities described as a transient in the sleepy British Columbia, Canada, town of Armstrong, population 4,600.
Her father, an over-the-road trucker, was in Ontario when his daughter went missing. He immediately flew back to British Columbia to
learn police there feared the worst.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say a child kidnapped by a
sexual predator faces incredible odds against survival.
But at 5 a.m. on Thursday, May 18, not far from where she
lived and where police say Paul Robert Lepage, 55, abducted her, Carmen was
found. Lepage was not with her at the time police moved in, and police did not
disclose the location.
Carmen had gone to the video store to rent “Chicken Little” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, and did not return home. Her scooter and the movie
were found near the store.
A team of 70 searchers fanned out around the area combing
for clues. Police said it was the first crime of its kind in Armstrong.
Lepage, who was arrested a short time after Carmen was
found, is being held awaiting a hearing June 7. He has been charged with
kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.
Lepage has a criminal background, an RCMP official told news
A Kados family relative acted as a spokeswoman for the
family of the kidnapped girl, and the father could not be reached for comment.