Search for missing child continues, Indian-American alleged suspect arrested in Allegheny County, PA

2-17 Toyota Yaris, car of alleged kidnapper of Malani Johnson Photo Allegheny County Police Dept Facebook

Allegheny County Police are continuing to seek public assistance for information on a child who went missing Aug. 31, and on a child seat as well on the alleged kidnapper, now under arrest.

The police and the FBI continue to investigate the disappearance of two-year-old Nalani Johnson after her abduction from Penn Hills two days ago.

On August 31, 2019, at approximately 5:30 p.m., the suspect, Sharena Nancy, was captured on video at the Sheetz store located at 4701 Penn Highway, Murrysville, PA. Nancy was arrested for the suspected abduction of Nalani Johnson, according to Allegheny County Police Department.

Nalani Johnson, 2-year old allegedly abducted Aug. 31, 2019, Photo: Allegheny County Police Dept Facebook

In a Sept. 2, update on the police department website, county police said, Nancy is lodged in the Allegheny County jail awaiting arraignment after being charged with the following offenses – Kidnapping of a minor; Interference with custody of children; Concealment of whereabouts of a child.

When Nancy was stopped by the Penn Hills Police on Saturday evening Aug. 31, following the abduction of Nalani, the car seat was not found in the vehicle.

Members of the public are asked to be on the lookout for the missing car seat, an Evenflo Maestro Sport Harness Booster Seat, primarily black in color, with a gray seat area.

A photo of the type and style of the booster seat was provided by the police in their press release. The department is also asking anyone who may have personal knowledge of the alleged kidnapper, Sharena Islam Nancy, to contact detectives via the county’s Tipline. Nancy is described in media reports including and, as a 25-year old Indian-American femal with black hair and brown eyes.

“The Allegheny County Police, FBI and the PA State Police will continue to vigorously investigate this matter to determine the whereabouts of Nalani Johnson,” the police department said.

Missing car seat similar to one used in car involving Nalani johnson’s abduction Photo Allegheny County Police Dept Facebook

The county police also added, “… thank you to all of the members of the public who have submitted tips to the Tipline, and all the concerned citizens and first responders who have volunteered their time to assist in the search for Nalani.

Additionally, it thanked the Johnson family for their cooperation and support during the investigation.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call the Allegheny County Police Tipline at 1-833-ALL-TIPS (1-833-255-8477); callers can remain anonymous. The department can also be reached via its social media sites.




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