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Missing Conover infant found safe, suspect on the loose

Posted November 22, 2009
Updated November 23, 2009

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— A missing 2-month-old infant from Conover was found safe after a police chase in Davie and Forsyth counties early Monday, but her alleged abductor escaped.

An Amber Alert was issued Sunday night after Catalin Hoard was reported missing from 111-92 Herman Sip Road in Conover. Investigators believe that Saturnino Ortega-Vidal, 34, took her and drove away in blue 1980 Toyota truck.

Davie County Sheriff Andy Stokes said that around 1:45 a.m., a deputy spotted a truck matching that description. The deputy and a nearby state trooper stopped the truck, but then the driver sped away.

Deputies and troopers pursued the vehicle on 12-mile chase from I-40 onto U.S. Highway 158, Stokes said. There, the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a ditch, then jumped out of the truck and ran.

Catalin was found in the floorboard of the truck. Stokes said she was OK and getting checked out at a local hospital as a precaution.

K9 units tracked the suspects scent into Forsyth County but lost it in the pouring rain, Stokes said.

The search for Ortega-Vidal is continuing.

Conover police told WFMY, a CBS affiliate in Greensboro, that Ortega-Vidal is the boyfriend of Catalin's mother and ran off with the infant after arguing with her mother.


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  • wildcat Nov 23, 2009

    Very great news for a change!! I am so glad the infant was found and alive. May they find the kidnapper very soon.

  • MzCole Nov 23, 2009

    I'm so glad this did not end up like the davis case!!! Glad the baby was safe and hopefully they find the guy!

  • cth1 Nov 23, 2009

    FINALLY... a positive outcome!!!!

  • SaltlifeLady Nov 23, 2009

    Glad this baby was found safe and unharmed!

  • dimples Nov 23, 2009

    What is this revenge thing using children. If nothing else, they are our innocent ones. People grow up. If we can't protect them, what can we do. Our men are fighting a war and back home our children are not safe. We need to be more alert and aware of what is going on around us.If you see something not right, report it. Maybe you can save a life.

  • jrfergerson Nov 23, 2009

    Please you people referring to God, His name should be with a capitol G in reverence to Him. We as Christians know we don't know His plans or reasoning - but the one thing we do know that God is in control of all things and no matter what, He had a plan for this situation (maybe to bring someone to place their life and trust in Him)

  • 3potato4 Nov 23, 2009

    "I like how everyone is thanking god the baby is safe, how about god not allowing the baby to be taken in the first place? If the baby had died do you then say "darn god"?"

    I like it, too. Perhaps all the prayers sent out enveloped the baby and shielded her from harm. Yup, I like it.

    I do hope that they throw the book at the kidnapper for the level of danger he subjected this infant to.

  • irie44 Nov 23, 2009

    I like how everyone is thanking god the baby is safe, how about god not allowing the baby to be taken in the first place? If the baby had died do you then say "darn god"?

  • BEACH Nov 23, 2009

    Good Work Davie County, they have fine HP and a Wonderful SHeriff in that county, remember he might has outran them but they were concern for that child's life. Proud to have lived in that county!!!!!!!!!!

  • HappyGirl08 Nov 23, 2009

    Oh thank goodness! I'm glad she is ok.