Amber Alert: Zane Newton Found Dead

March 19, 2008 at 6:20 pm by  

UPDATE 3/19/08 -  Zane Newton was found dead just a few hours after reportedly being abducted.  Early reports indicate that he was found in a tunnel near a sump or drainage area not far from his home. The tunnel apparently caved in on Zane as he and his friends were playing, and his friend made up the abduction story.


Bakersfield, CA —  Nine-year-old Zane Newton was apparently abducted and possibly shot this morning at his home in Bakersfield, and an Amber Alert has been issued.  Zane is white, 4 feet 3 inches tall and 75 pounds.  He was taken at about 10:35 a.m. Pacific time.   Zane has brown hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing long denim shorts and a loop earring.  He also has a birthmark on his chin. 

Zane’s kidnapper was described as 6 feet tall. He was last seen wearing possibly black clothing and a mask.   He was last seen driving a black Honda with a white door on the driver’s side. The car also has a green license plate frame.

According to police, Zane was playing with another 9-year-old boy outside his home when the boy said a black-looking Honda-type vehicle with a white driver-side door pulled up.  The boy told police that a man got out of the car, shot Zane in the shoulder, and forced him into the vehicle. According to police, there was no blood at scene and no steel casings, so the shooting has not been confirmed. One neighbor said she heard muffled noises and a possible shot coming from down the street, but didn’t think anything of it.  Police are looking for a white male wearing black clothing, a possible black mask or dark face make-up.

I really hope this little boy is okay.  It doesn’t sound good.   Anyone with information is asked to please call the Bakersfield police at 661-852-7800.

 Update, 3/19/08 – Zane’s already been found dead just a few hours after his abduction.  His body was located blocking a tunnel into a sump near his home.  The boys had wandered off to play in the tunnel area, and it collapsed, apparently trapping and killing Zane.  Zane’s friend, also 9, was afraid of getting into trouble and lied, making up the abduction story to police and parents. 

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