TONGANOXIE, Kan. (KSNW) — The FBI has gotten involved in the case of three girls missing from their foster home in Tonganoxie.
Officials began a second search for a man seen accompanying the girls, Rigoberto Reyes Rangel, after the Kansas City Police Department detained and released him Tuesday morning. Tonganoxie law enforcement, however, said they intended to charge Rangel.
More than seven weeks after the girls’ disappearance in late August, KCPD officers responded to a tip early Tuesday morning and found Rangel and the girls in the basement of a Kansas City home near the old Leed’s assembly plant in east Kansas City. Officers detained Rangel, who also goes by Rico, around 1 a.m. for questioning.
KCPD said they called Tonganoxie officials around 6:40 a.m. Tuesday to inform them they located Rangel. According to KCPD, Tonganoxie officials did not produce any charges against Rangel at the time. The department released him around 9 a.m.
Shortly after this development, a Tonganoxie official involved in the investigation said they had full intention of pressing charges and said the FBI was now assisting in the case.