When a kidnapped Alabama lady is discovered, investigators head to 2 decomposing our bodies

Police received a call Monday morning from a driver about a 12-year-old girl who was walking alone along County Road 34 in Dadeville, Tallapoosa County Sheriff Jimmy Abbett said Tuesday at a news conference.

The girl was restrained to her bedposts for about a week, according to a criminal complaint. She was chewed out of her restraints – her braces broke – and her wrists show marks consistent with restraint, he says.

The 12-year-old was given alcohol to remain in a “drugged state” and was assaulted in the “head area,” the complaint states. She had not been reported missing, the sheriff said.

Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes, 37, was arrested Monday about 25 miles away in Auburn on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping by U.S. Marshals and police, the sheriff said, adding that other agencies are also on the case.

While searching Pascual-Reyes’ home, detectives found two decomposing bodies, the sheriff said. A forensic team is working to identify the bodies, he said, and it is not immediately known how and when they died. The sheriff also said there were “other people” living in the residence. The sheriff did not say whether these people were being charged or held in connection with the alleged crimes at the residence.

Pascual-Reyes also faces three counts of capital murder and two counts of abuse of a corpse, Abbett said in a news release.

“We’re looking at multiple counts of capital murder, as well as kidnapping in the first degree,” Tallapoosa County District Attorney Jeremy Duerr said during the news conference. “And of course, once we continue and complete our investigation, I think there will definitely be some more charges.”

Pascual-Reyes had a bail hearing from the Tallapoosa County Jail Wednesday afternoon, and is being held without bond, according to Abbett, who said he was appointed by his attorneys. CNN has reached out to the public defender’s office for comment.

“To have this type of crime scene and also to have a 12-year-old to deal with this horrible situation is horrible,” Abbett said, calling the girl “a hero.”

Although the Sheriff did not provide any details about when the girl may have been abducted or any possible relationship with Pascual-Reyes, he said she received medical care and was doing well.

“She’s safe now and … we want to keep her that way,” Abbett said.

The child, who was appointed an attorney, is now with the Alabama Department of Human Resources, according to the sheriff, who said he checked in on the girl on Wednesday.

“She is doing as well as can be expected under the circumstances,” Abbett said.

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