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Santa Maria Police locate juvenile, infant daughter missing from Santa Maria

Santa Maria Police locate juvenile, infant daughter missing from Santa Maria

From the What you need to know for Friday, August 28 series
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Elena Ponce

At left is 17-year-old Elena Garcia and her 6-month-old daughter, Paola Ponce Garcia. At right is 30-year-old Jaime Ponce, who is believed to be Paola Ponce Garcia's father. 

A juvenile and her infant child who went missing in Santa Maria on Sunday were located safely in San Miguel on Wednesday, according to police officials. 

Elena Garcia, 17, and her daughter, 6-month-old Paola Ponce Garcia, were located at about 6:30 p.m., according to Santa Maria Police Sgt. Jesus Valle. 

Garcia and her daughter went missing from the 1500 block of South Wallis Avenue in Santa Maria at about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

The mother and daughter were believed to be with Jaime Ponce, 30, who is the alleged father of the child, although he was not with them when they were located, according to Valle. 

Santa Maria Police are continuing to investigate the relationship between Elena Garcia and Ponce. 

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Ponce is asked to contact the Santa Maria Police Department at 805-928-3781, ext. 2277.


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The following is taken from the Santa Maria Police Department's calls-for-service log and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office daily arrest log. Those appearing as "arrested" are only suspected of the crime indicated but are presumed innocent.

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