Authorities Search for Missing Teen Last Seen Being Dragged on an Overpass

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VALLEJO -- The Solano County Sheriff's Office is searching for a 15-year-old Jesse Bethel High School student they believe may have been shot and dragged away by a 19-year-old man.

Deputy Sheriff Christine Castillo told FOX40 they received a call at about 7 a.m. Wednesday from a witness who saw a male holding a gun dragging a female across a pedestrian overpass along I-780 near Taylor Avenue. That caller said the female had a bloody face and was screaming for help.

When deputies arrived they say they found blood and a cell phone at the overpass, but no sign of the male or female.

Castillo said the phone belonged to Pearl Pinson, who they believe may be injured. An investigation led the sheriff's office to identify Fernando Castro of Vallejo as a person of interest in the girl's disappearance.

"We just want her back home, that is all, back home safely. I've been out all day searching, they told me to stay home but I just didn't listen and I went out anyway," Pinson's father James said.

Pearl Pinson's parents said their daughter currently has blondish-green hair and has a pierced lip.

Detectives are still searching for both Pinson and Castro.

Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call Detective Mattson at 707-784-7061. Callers may also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at (707) 644-STOP (7867).