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Police search for white van in pre-schooler's disappearance

Breeann Rodriguez (Source: Edgar Rodriguez) Breeann Rodriguez (Source: Edgar Rodriguez)
Breeann Rodriguez (Source: Edgar Rodriguez) Breeann Rodriguez (Source: Edgar Rodriguez)
Breeann Rodriguez (Source: NCMEC) Breeann Rodriguez (Source: NCMEC)
Breeann's parents pleaded for information at a press conference Monday. Breeann's parents pleaded for information at a press conference Monday.

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.

Agents say starting tomorrow they will have less of a presence in the case but they say they will continue to assist with the investigation.

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. Her parents say they are heartbroken and anxious for their daughter's safety.

"She'd always say 'Daddy I'm here,'" Edgar Rodriguez said. "When I'm driving I just keep hearing her say 'Daddy I'm here.'"

His wife, Claudia says nothing is the same without her.

"She always wanted her nails done," said Claudia. "Every time she put a dress on she'd tell me she's my princess."

"This is a calm street everybody knows everybody," said.

He and his wife, Claudia were out searching the fields and neighborhoods again Tuesday.

"We have two city workers that live on the end of this street," Rodriguez said. "Somebody saw something, something that didn't belong. If somebody asks me one person that would take my daughter, I don't have anybody that would come to mind."

The couple says they believe Breeann was abducted. More than 200 volunteers have searched the community since Saturday. The couple feels if she wandered off, she would have been found by now.

"Maybe it was someone who saw her and thought she was pretty," said Claudia. "We just want them to bring her back."

"As of right now we're interested in a white van," said Senath Police Chief, Omar Karnes. "It's a white older model panel van with no windows in the side of it. It has a ladder on the back of it where you can access the roof of the van.  We're also working on a few other tips at this time. If you have any information, call."

Chief Karnes says he also believes someone is involved in her disappearance.

"I know somebody's involved," said Chief Karnes. "But I can't prove it yet. We don't have a person of interest at this time."

Tuesday afternoon, the FBI put up a Billboard in Cape Girardeau at the intersection of Broadway and Kingshighway.

Police ask anyone with information to call the FBI tip number at 1-866-371-TIPS.

Tips will also be taken at the Senath Police Department at (573) 738-2818 or the Dunklin County Sheriff's Office at (573) 888-2424.

As the FBI aids local police in the search for Breeann, agents hope parents take advantage of a new tool that could make a real difference in a case like this.

The bureau has a new app for the iPhone called "Child ID".

Parents can store information about their kids, like pictures, height, weight, birthmarks.

Then law enforcement would have access to that information immediately if those children ever go missing.  Click here for more info.

The FBI installed a billboard Tuesday afternoon in Cape Girardeau.

It includes Breeann's picture and information.

They encourage anyone with information, no matter how minor you might think it is, to call authorites.   You don't have to leave your name.

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