FBI joins search for missing 3-year-old in Texas

Lina Sadar Khil, 3, of San Antonio, Texas. [Image credit: San Antonio Police Department]

San Antonio, Texas: 3-year-old Lina Sardar Khil was last seen on Monday between 4 and 5 pm when she was playing on a playground within the apartment complex where she lived with her parents.


An Amber Alert has been issued and is still active. Police announced on social media that they are seeking the public's assistance. They are asking that anyone with information contact the San Antonio Police Department's Missing Person's Unit at (210) 207-7660.


Lina has been described as four feet tall, weighing approximately 55 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a red dress with black jacket and black shoes.


San Antonio Police Chief William McManus spoke with reporters on Tuesday and provided a brief update.


He stated that the department was "sparing no assets, no resources" in their efforts to bring Lina home and that the search would not stop until a resolution was obtained.


"We will continue this until, hopefully, we find Lina but we are not stopping," he said. "This will be continuous. We've got a command line set up and we're continuing to do this for the long haul if necessary."


The investigation focused on the apartment complex on Tuesday where officers went door to door speaking to people in the  nearly 300-apartment complex.


"Nobody comes and goes without talking to a police officer," he stated.


Not only where officers stopping vehicles and searching trunks, but they were also stopping people on foot to speak with them as well.


According to investigators, a number of children were playing together under the supervision of parents when Lina's mother stepped away from the playground for a period of time.


"A relatively short time later" her mother returned and found Lina missing. She was reported missing with the police at 7:15 pm.


Lina's father, Raiz Sardar Khil, spoke with KENS through a translator. He stated he had first thought that his daughter may be with another Afghani family, but now fears his daughter was abducted.


Her family had emigrated to the United States in 2019 from Afghanistan to escape threats of violence.