A mother and her child who reportedly match the description of a woman and baby witnesses said were seen being forced into the trunk of a car in Inglewood were reported missing Monday, police said.
A woman and her baby daughter were last seen on Oct. 7, when they were dropped off at a Corona train station, according to the Inglewood Police Department.
Police said the woman called her mother on Oct. 11 and left a distressed voicemail message where she said, "please answer your phone." When the mother tried calling her daughter back, she was unable to reach her.
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Late Monday afternoon, Inglewood police confirmed that they had spoken to a woman by phone who identified herself as the woman who had been reported missing. Investigators were working to meet with the woman.
Sgt. Brent Birkbeck said Monday night that Tatum was not connected to the kidnapping report.
Police said their clothing is similar to the clothing worn by a woman and baby that witnesses said were seen being forced into the trunk of a car Saturday morning in the parking lot of an Inglewood shopping center in 2800 block of West Imperial Highway.
Witnesses' descriptions of the two suspects matched the descriptions of two men who were caught on surveillance video shoplifting around the same time of the kidnapping, Inglewood Police said. It is unknown if the two incidents are connected.
Police are investigating the possible kidnapping.
Anyone with additional information about either of these incidents is requested to contact Detective L. Waters or Detective Salmon with the Inglewood Police Department Homicide Section at (310) 412-5240 or the 24-hour anonymous hotline number at "888-41-CRIME" (888) 412-7463
Editor's Note: This story has been updated from its original version to reflect Inglewood Police Department's updated information that the mother and daughter previously identified as the possible vicitms in the kidnapping case were not connected to those reports.