Amber Alert child, Madeline Samaan-Fay and father, new report on how they died (photos, video)
PLACERVILLE, Calif. — San Francisco residents following the death of Amber Alert child Madeline Samaan-Fay and her father, Mourad “Moni” Samaan, are learning that the couple died of gunshot wounds to the head.
The little girl was shot twice by her father. He then shot himself, says the Mercury News in San Jose.
San Francisco resident, Dean Wand, says, “It’s shocking that he took her life as well as his own. But he knew that was going to have the biggest impact on the mother. It’s a terrible shame.”
The two were found in a remote spot in the SUV that the couple had been driving in. The wooded area belonged to Moni Samaan and his brother. (See the article here: Tragic: Amber Alert toddler Madeline Samaan-Fay, father, dead in SUV (photos))
According to the Mercury News, Lt. Brian Golmitz, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, reported that an autopsy determined Moni Samaan, age 49, did indeed die from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Placerville is just a few hours drive from San Francisco.
Previously the grandfather Makram Samaan, had been interviewed by the Sacramento Bee and he said he thought his son and grand-daughter had died because of exhaust fumes from the car. (See that article here: SF learns how Amber Alert toddler, Madeline Samaan-Fay, died (photos) )
It is still possible the little girl died from carbon monoxide poisoning, as well as from the gunshot wound to the head and continued tests are being done.
In breaking news earlier, an Amber Alert had been issued for Madeline when she was not returned to her mother, Marcia Ann Fay, age 46. (See that story here: Breaking: Amber Alert for 2-year old Madeline Samaan-Fry (photos))
Madeline’s father had just found out he no longer had custody of his daughter. It’s thought that that is what pushed him over the edge to kidnap, and finally murder, 2-year old Madeline. (See that story here: Amber Alert girl dead because father ‘depressed’ by custody ruling (photos))
The father of Moni Samaan said his son had always been a good father to Madeline Samaan-Fay. He told the Sacramento Bee “He potty-trained his daughter. He taught her how to swim and kayak and bought her a small guitar and they’d play and sing together.”
Authorities got worried when no trace of Moni Samaan could be found. News source SFgate.com reported that, according to police sources, “The guy’s gone electronically dark. No cell phone, no banking, no e-mail, no nothing. He was formerly in contact with family members. … He has never essentially disappeared like this.”
That’s when the police became concerned for Madeline Samaan-Fay’s safety and started to ask for the public’s help. (See that article here: Missing Amber Alert girl, Madeline Samaan-Fay, what police are asking (photos))
See photos and video on the left-hand side of this article.
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Sources: Mercury News and KTVU