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Sheriff’s Detectives Seek Public’s Help in Finding Abducted Boy



Witnesses told sheriff's detectives that Luis Padilla abducted his son Thursday, July 21, after losing a custody dispute. (Shutterstock)
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Fresno County Sheriff’s detectives are asking for the public’s help in returning an abducted 8-year-old boy to his mother.

Luis Padilla booking photo

Sheriff’s detectives are looking for Luis Padilla in connection with the abduction of his 8-year-old son. (Fresno County SO)

According to detectives, Luis Padilla entered the home of the boy’s grandmother and took off with the child on Thursday, July 21.

Padilla recently lost custody of the child, detectives said.

Description, Known Locations for Padilla

The sheriff’s office described Padilla as 5-foot, 7-inches tall, and 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He has a dragon tattoo on his upper back and a number 8 tattoo on his throat. He has a history of staying in San Diego, Oakland, Fresno, Del Rey, and Reedley.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Padilla or the boy is asked to contact detective Markus Silva at (559) 470-9898 or Sgt. Ericka Rascon (559) 890-9978.


Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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