Recovery of kidnapped girl leads to discovery of two bodies

Tallapoosa County, Alabama: Just before 8:30 am on the morning of Monday, August 1, the Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Department received a call concerning a juvenile walking alone down Highway 34.


Officers made contact with the 12-year-old girl and transported her to a hospital for treatment.


According to information released at this time, the 12-year-old girl spent the better part of a week tied to a bedpost and was given alcohol. After chewing through the restraints, she was able to make her way to the highway in order to flag down help.


Sheriff Jimmy Abbett called her a "hero" during a press conference held on Tuesday.


While investigating the kidnapping officers discovered two decomposing bodies inside the residence of 37-year-old Jose Paulino Pascaul-Reyes.


At this time Pascaul-Reyes has been arrested on charges of kidnapping and charges for capitol murder are pending. The Tallapoosa County District Attorney's office announced during Tuesday's press conference that more charges would likely be filed.


The bodies have been transported to the medical examiner's office for identification and determination of cause of death.


Sheriff Abbett stated that at the time of her recovery, the girl had not been reported as missing.


No information has been released at this time concerning any possible relationships between the girl and either the recovered bodies or Pascaul-Reyes.


Pascaul-Reyes is being held in the Tallapoosa County Jail.