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S.C. sisters found safe, alleged abductor at large

Posted February 20, 2009

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— North Carolina authorities on Friday afternoon canceled an Amber Alert for two South Carolina sisters whose father allegedly had abducted them after stabbing their mother late Thursday.

Officials said that 1-year-old Destiny and 3-year-old Melanie Reyes had been safely found, along with another missing child, 5-year-old Gerardo Hurto. Their father, Gerardo Reyes-Campos, 29, remains at large.

An anonymous call to police around 3 p.m. Friday led police to find the girls at an apartment complex in South Carolina's Lancaster County. Investigators think that Reyes-Campos left them there after stabbing their mother, Diane Madisol Trejo, 22, Thursday.

"He just kinda dropped them off," said Maj. David Belk, with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office.

South Carolina authorities said Reyes-Campos stabbed Trejo, his common-law wife, in the neck and hands during a fight at a Lancaster County home Thursday evening. Authorities say Reyes-Campos then took the children.

Deputies went to the home after a neighbor called 911 around 8:15 p.m.

Trejo was flown to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia and was in critical but stable condition Friday. She suffered a 2½- to 3-inch-long stab wound on her neck.

Officials initially thought Reyes-Campos was headed to Monroe in Union County, N.C., but later said they believed he was headed south to Columbia, S.C. He may be driving a 1992, tan Isuzu Rodeo with South Carolina tag BJD-238.

Reyes-Campos is described as a white/Hispanic man, standing 5 feet 8 inches and weighing 170 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.

Deputies warned that Reyes-Campos is considered armed and dangerous. Members of the public should use extreme caution if they see him and should call 911 immediately.

Reyes-Campos' criminal record in South Carolina dates to 1996 and includes arrests for drunken driving, public drunkenness, domestic violence and cocaine possession.

Reyes-Campos, who is in the country illegally, was deported to Mexico in September, according to Lancaster Sheriff's Maj. David Belk. Authorities did not know he had returned to the U.S., Belk said.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office has warrants out against Reyes-Campos for assault and battery with intent to kill. The office plans to file additional charges against him in relation to the abduction.

Anyone with information should call Lt. Brown with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division immediately at 803-896-7133, or call 911 or *HP (*47) on cell phones.

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  • NE Raleigh Feb 20, 2009

    Deport them all!

  • ThePunisher Feb 20, 2009

    Now the perp is only an "alleged" perp, either he abducted his own kids or he didn't.

  • Gork Feb 20, 2009

    It would only be ironic if folks who are "criminals like this" couldn't get back into the most violent country on the planet.

  • onpointe Feb 20, 2009

    It's not that anyone is racist against Hispanics at all, just major frustration here in North Carolina will the illegal aliens who break the law and collect benefits they're not entitled to.

  • Cloudy Feb 20, 2009

    So relieved these children are alive! I'm sure the Mother is also, hope she recovers.

  • lacoqueta21 Feb 20, 2009

    "they always return......they may use another name but they somehow always make it back to the good old USA....!!!!"

    yup they always return...sorry you can't do nothing about it...haha

    i'm not glad he did all this, I do wish they catch him for stabbing his wife, etc. but the fact that you talk about hispanics uh no, we are smart and will get back into the usa...when will america stop being the country of racism? First blacks and now hispanics. Why do white ppl hate so much?? get a life we are all humans just like you!

  • Adelinthe Feb 20, 2009

    Wonderful!

    So he stabs his wife, steals his children, abandons his children and runs.

    What a wienee!

    Praying they catch him quick and toss the book at him.

    Praying for the wife and children.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • rick Feb 20, 2009

    SO glad the kids are OK - at least physically - I'm sure the whole thing is very traumatic for them...

  • mewubbau Feb 20, 2009

    Do we know if the mother is ok? Criminals like this always seem to find their way into more trouble. I don't know what the punishment should be, but it needs to send a message that we will not stand for you to drive drunk, live here illegally, hurt others, and so on. I'm tired of reading about people who have gotten slapped on the wrist numerous times before and end up killing somone before a serious action is taken against them. How does someone with his record get back into the states? I really don't know, it seems like it SHOULD be hard to get back into the US and even harder to travel around it? I'm naive I guess?!

  • parr4246 Feb 20, 2009

    "Reyes-Campos, who is in the country illegally, was deported to Mexico in September, according to Lancaster Sheriff's Maj. David Belk. Authorities did not know he had returned to the U.S.,"

    they always return......they may use another name but they somehow always make it back to the good old USA....!!!!