An infant and her parents were kidnapped in Merced County, California, on Monday, by a person who authorities described as armed and dangerous.
A fourth relative was also taken from a family business in an unincorporated community in the Central Valley community, the Merced County Sheriff's Office said.
“We have a low-life out there that kidnapped an 8-month-old baby, her mom, her dad and her uncle,” Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke said in a statement Monday night. “We have no motivation behind it, we just know that they are gone.”
The infant, Aroohi Dheri, her parents, Jasleen Kaur, 27, and Jasdeep Singh, 36, as well as an uncle, Amandeep Singh, 39, "were taken against their will from a business" on South Highway 59, a roadway lined with retailers and restaurants, officials said. They did not reveal the name of the business.
Warnke said authorities think the kidnapper destroyed evidence to cover their tracks.
"So far as I know, no contact has been made, no ransom demands, nothing, from the suspects in this," he said. "We need your help."
The sheriff's office late Monday released images of a man in a black and gray hoodie and a surgical mask who they said was a suspect in the kidnapping.
There were no updates as of early Tuesday morning, Deputy Sheriff Alexandra Britton told NBC News.