For a few moments, a girl appears on a projector screen, identified by authorities as 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, playing in the foreground with another child.
The image is from surveillance video released by authorities in Birmingham, Alabama, at a news conference on Friday. It apparently shows the last known sighting of the missing toddler, who disappeared from a birthday party on Oct. 12 — and her possible abductor.
Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said that investigators want to speak with two men.
The first man is described as a person of interest and is seen in the footage walking by the children — one whom is Kamille, Smith said. A second man then comes into the frame. Smith announced that police believe he is responsible for Kamille's disappearance.
“This is the male we are looking for,” Smith said as he froze a frame and replayed a portion of the black and white surveillance footage taken from a home near the Tom Brown Village public housing facility on the same day Kamille vanished. “The first gentleman we are looking for, we want to talk to him. We want to see if he has additional information."
“The second man is a suspect.”
Kamille was last seen at around 8:30 p.m. on the night in question wearing a pink T-shirt with a leopard print Mickey Mouse face, matching leopard print shorts, yellow, white, and blue hair bows, and no shoes, the FBI reported.
The feds have been aiding Birmingham police in the search for McKinney.
Police received the report that Kamille was missing just moments after the footage was taken, Smith said.
The top cop described the abduction of Kamille as a spontaneous act.
“I don’t believe a lot of planning went into it,” Smith said, estimating perhaps 20 minutes of decision-making before the kidnapper went through with it. “I think maybe it was something done impromptu.”
On Sunday, authorities and community volunteers performed a four-hour grid search around a two-mile patch in the east area of Birmingham, according to AL.com.
The search didn’t turn up any solid leads, the publication reported.
A $20,000 reward has been offered by Crime Stoppers for information leading to Kamille's whereabouts. Another $5,000 was posted by Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey.
Clearly affected by the overwhelming community effort to locate the girl, Smith appealed to the person who may have Kamille, asking that she be surrendered.
“We’re asking you to bring her to a fire station, a police station, or even a hospital. If you can hear me, we need your help. We really want this child back safely.”
Anyone with information on Kamille’s disappearance should call the Birmingham police tip line at 205-297-8413, or Crime Stoppers 205-254-7777.
You can donate to the Crime Stoppers reward by calling 205-224-5003.
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