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With over 900 volunteers searching an 8 square mile grid, father D'Andre Lane hopelessly stands on the sideline, telling Tell Us Detroit he just wants his daughter back in their northeast Detroit home. (Photo by HB Meeks/Tell Us Detroit)


$25,000 Reward: One week later no sign of missing two-year-old Bianca Jones

By Andre Ash - Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - Two year-old Bianca Lily Jones was last seen a week ago Friday, December 2nd, while in the care of her father, D'Andre Lane. He claims he was car-jacked at gunpoint by two men. Lane also says when they stole his vehicle, they took off with his little girl in tow.

Detroit Police discovered the 2004 Silver Mercury Grand Marquis moments later just east of the New Center area, just blocks north of DPD Central Division, but inside the car.. no Bianca.

Area law enforcement agencies along with volunteers have combed an eight square mile area all week, searching through alleys, abandoned structures and trash containers for any sign of the little baby. Bianca's mom, Banika Jones and family members joined the effort to find their precious little toddler, passing out fliers, making T-shirts, and buttons, and holding on to hope that she returns home safely.

Meanwhile, according to the fathers' attorney, Terry Johnson, Lane continues to cooperate with authorities in the hunt for his daughter. D'Andre's accounts of what happened last Friday has change. Authorities are beginning to scrutinize his story and given his criminal past involving guns and drugs, investigators are keeping all options open.

Monday, D'Andre was released from jail as a massive search gets under way with hundreds of volunteers. Tuesday, Lane went to the media and pledged to whomever has his little girl, to return her. Answering speculations that he had something to do with his daughter's disappearance, Lane said he doesn't care what police or anyone thinks about him. He says, he loves Bianca and would never do anything to harm her. Terry Johnson advised Lane not to re-state exactly what happened during the car-jacking incident, avoiding the opportunity for Lane to contradict his story again, which police already say has holes in it, Johnson says, his client had already given enough information to investigators and the media.

Lane returned to his north eastside home on Friday for the first since the FBI raided the domain earlier in the week. He hasn't been living at his residence in the past few days but instead at an undisclosed location for his safety. In the wake of this unthinkable situation, Lane says that he and his family have received death threats, and because of that, he won't participate in any public search at this time.

Metropolitan United Methodist Church on Woodward is the designated location where police and volunteers have continued to meet and be apart of the search, nearly 900 of them this week. As the search entered it second week, Bianca's mom continues to hold on to hope that her little girl will be home soon and for Christmas. In the basement fellowship hall of the church, Jones thanked volunteers and law enforcement for stepping up and showing their support.

Meanwhile, there remains an reward, now more than $25,000 for anyone who knows anything about where this innocent two-year-old girl maybe. A week later, no new clues, no substantial evidence that connects anyone to this crime, and still no Bianca, a young child who a touched the hearts of so many.




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