The father of a missing Oakland girl fought through tears after being released from Santa Rita Jail Friday night, telling the gathered press he has not given up hope on finding his lost daughter.
Authorities decided not to press charges against 49-year-old John Anthony Webb two days after arresting him on suspicion of felony child endangerment..
His daughter, 21-month-old Daphne Webb has been missing for more than 48 hours.
Webb told police his daughter was abducted by a stranger at about 11 a.m. while she sat in a parked car with his 87-year-old mother while he went inside to buy something at the Gazza Supermarket at 7838 International Blvd.
Webb was distraught about his missing daughter as he left the jail.
"My daughter's missing and I have to live with that," Webb said with tears in his eyes. "Even though I'm out of jail I'm still not free from what I feel."
Speaking to the press for the first time since his arrest, Webb described the moment he found Daphne missing.
"The car seat was pulled over the back door was open. My mom's purse was gone," said Webb.
On Friday night, Oakland residents held a vigil for Daphne in the neighborhood where her father reported her missing.
Webb said he planned to return to 87th and International to look for her.
The latest Oakland police search efforts on Friday turned up nothing.
Webb did not answer questions about why child protective services was looking into their household last year or about a restraining order against his wife, Kiana Davis that orders her to keep 100 feet away from the home.
"I didn't do that restraining order, I'm not going to discuss my wife," said Webb.
He says both he and his wife had nothing to do with their daughter's disappearance and are devastated by what's happened.
But they're not giving up hope that their baby girl is alive.
Daphne's mother lives at a separate location, but investigators have been in contact with her and she has been cooperative and isn't considered to be a suspect, police said.
Investigators in a boat used an underwater robot to search the water in the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline on Thursday. The park is an area where Daphne was known to be frequently taken by Webb.
Police are asking anyone who saw Webb with his daughter on Wednesday or another time recently to call (510) 238-3641.
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