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Breeann Rodriguez (Source: NCMEC) Breeann Rodriguez (Source: NCMEC)
Breeann Rodriguez (Source: Edgar Rodriguez) Breeann Rodriguez (Source: Edgar Rodriguez)
Breeann Rodriguez (Source: Edgar Rodriguez) Breeann Rodriguez (Source: Edgar Rodriguez)
Law enforcement held a press conference at 3:30 Monday afternoon. Law enforcement held a press conference at 3:30 Monday afternoon.
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FBI and Senath Police announced they are looking for an older model white van in connection with the disappearance of 3-year-old Breeann Rodriguez.

Beyond that there are few details regarding the description of the van.  Police are not seeking a specific driver.

The FBI cautions this is one of many possibilities.

This is still considered a missing and endangered persons cases. It is still not considered an abduction though the FBI does treat their approach of the investigation as such.

Breeann was riding her bike with her brother around noon on Saturday.  Her brother went inside for a bit and came out to find her and her pink bike with training wheels gone.

Her trail goes cold from there.   

"I just want to hold her and tell her she's my princess," Claudia Ramos, mother of missing 3-year-old Breeann, said Monday.

Ramos, along with Breeann's father, Edgar Rodriguez, are pleading with the public for information about what happened to their little girl. Breeann disappeared Saturday while riding her bike outside her home in Senath.

"I just want my little girl back," said a tearful Edgar Rodriguez.

Three days into the search, the Federal Bureau of Investigations remains on the case.  Along with the FBI, Senath Police, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Kennett Police and the Bootheel Drug Task Force are searching for the child.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to successful recovery, arrest and prosecution if someone did take Breeann.  The Senath Police Department has a $20,000 reward for her safe return and conviction of whoever may have taken Breeann.

Again - if she was abducted. This is still a missing persons case though the investigation is treated like an abduction.

"For the FBI, there's a presumption for us that there's been an abduction as far as how we go about the investigation," said Special Agent in Charge, Dennis Baker. "We don't have evidence of that but we want to get out in front of the case."

Police do not have a lot of clues, but many theories about what might have happened ranging from that the girl could have wandered off on her own to a possible kidnapping.

"It's hard to believe no one saw anything, but so far no one's come forward," said Chief of Police, Omar Karnes. "To me the worst part is there's no trail."

Searcher continued to come the air on foot Monday, handing out flyers, and going door to door. Meanwhile, a Highway Patrol helicopter circled overhead.

Breeann was riding her bike with her brother around noon on Saturday.  Her brother went inside for a bit and came out to find her and her pink bike with training wheels gone.

Her trail goes cold from there.   

Sunday night the town held a prayer vigil.

"It's amazing the way this town has come together," said Estelle Floyd who lives next door to the family. "I never thought it would happen on this street. Senath is about the safest place in the world."

Breeann is Hispanic, 34 inches tall and weighs around 30 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes.

"We're working 24 hours a day until we find her," said Matt Brummund, Acting Assistant Special FBI Agent with the St. Louis Division.

"We get involved when the disappearance involves a child of a tender age," said Rebecca Wu, FBI spokesperson.

Authorities said Saturday Breeann was last seen in pigtails, a pink shirt and pink shorts and riding a pink bicycle with training wheels on Ode Johnson Street in Senath Saturday afternoon around noon, according to Senath Police Chief Omar Karnes.

"She's friendly," said her father Edgar Rodriguez. "She'd go with anybody."

Breeann's father is trying to stay positive, but is also fearful for his daughter.

"I don't want to think about the worst," he said.

"She was riding her bike, her bike is nowhere to be found," said Rodriguez. "We looked all around town, we can't find the bike. I got excited because they found a bike over by my aunt's house. Same exact bike, but it wasn't hers. So...she doesn't ever leave this road…never."

Family and friends are helping authorities search.

Police said Saturday while an Amber Alert has not been issued, they are still taking the case very seriously.

"It does not meet the criteria of an amber alert because there's no sign of foul play," Chief Karnes said Monday.

"We had a person of interest but they were ruled out," said Senath Chief of Police, Omar Karnes. "We have no clues. We need people to look and help us gather information. Right now there's no one to blame."

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Breeann Rodriguez, contact the Senath Police Department at (573) 738-2818 or the Dunklin County Sheriff's Office at (573) 888-2424.

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