Friends, Family Release Balloons to Show Love for Pearl Pinson, Faith She’ll Return Home

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VALLEJO -- Dozens of friends and family members gathered Tuesday night to form a circle of love as they released dozens of pink balloons, symbolizing their love and the faith they have that Pearl Pinson will return home safely.

The balloons were pink -- Pearl's favorite color -- some with written messages about her abduction last week, hoping whoever sees the balloons may know the 15-year-old's whereabouts.

Her abductor, identified by investigators as Fernando Castro, died in a hail of gunfire, after shooting at police in Southern California.

Family says his death is sad, despite what he's accused of doing, because no one should die in that manner.

"He had all the answers. He's gone, so it hurts us because we have no answers to our questions, where is my sister? Where's our loved one at?" asked Pearl's older sister, Rose Pinson.

The Solano County Sheriff's Department released another image Tuesday of the getaway car and a backpack similar to what Pearl was carrying at the time she was kidnapped from the pedestrian bridge over I-780 in Vallejo.

For now, deputies have suspended the ground searches for Pearl that led them to Sonoma County but turned up nothing.

"We all know her very well. It's heartbreaking that she's still missing. I feel that all the neighborhoods around Vallejo should be out searching together, keep searching even if police stop," a family friend said.

Investigators continue to follow leads.

"It's really a struggle knowing that she's out there with who knows who. What's going on with her? But I have faith that she's gonna be back home soon," Rose added.