On the morning of May 25th 2016, a witness saw 15-year-old Pearl Pinson being forcibly dragged across a pedestrian overpass, bleeding and screaming for help. Her abductor, 19-year-old Fernando Castro, was armed, and fired off one gunshot before police arrived. Finding just a solitary bloodstain and Pearl’s mobile phone, there was no sign of the teenager or Fernando Castro.
He was spotted in his vehicle the following afternoon, over 300 miles from the pedestrian overpass. After being chased by police, a shootout ensued, and Castro was pronounced dead at the scene. Pearl, however, was not in the car and has not been seen nor heard from since.
Blood belonging to Pearl was discovered in the trunk, but not enough to suggest that she was dead or even seriously injured, prompting speculation that she may still be alive. Her family have consistently denied that she ever had contact with Castro prior to the incident, and authorities have yet to come up with any evidence to the contrary. The theory that she may have been a victim of sex trafficking has also failed to produce any discernable leads.
Now over 2 years since her disappearance, the Pinsons hang on to the ever-dwindling hope that Pearl will one day return home.