Aug 14, 2011 2:14 AM by Andrew Masuda

Missing California toddler, father found dead

Authorities say the bodies of a missing 2-year-old Sacramento girl and her father have been found in the man's vehicle in El Dorado County.

FBI Special Agent John Cauthen says the bodies of Madeline Samaan-Fay and 49-year-old Mourad "Moni" Samaan were discovered in his green Toyota 4Runner in a rural area near Placerville, about 45 miles northeast of the capital.

Cauthen says the cause and time of the deaths is not immediately known.

The FBI issued an AMBER alert Friday for the toddler. She was last seen Aug. 7 with her father in a Sacramento grocery store.

Authorities say the girl was taken by her father after her mother was granted custody of the toddler, ending what had been a joint custody arrangement.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-08-14-11 0210EDT



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