6-year-old Guadalupe girl found safe after family member's boyfriend kidnapped her: MCSO

A freeway was closed in the southern Arizona desert for about an hour Saturday as authorities negotiated with a man suspected of kidnapping a 6-year-old girl.

Interstate 8 east of Gila Bend was closed until the suspect was taken into custody without incident, said Sgt. Calbert Gillett, a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, on March 12.

The child from that incident was identified as 6-year-old Luna Nunez, who had been reported missing that same morning from a home in Guadalupe.

Nunez had been put to bed at 10 p.m. the night before, but family did not notice her disappearance until 6:30 a.m. the next morning. Deputies searched for hours on the ground and in the air to find her.

The person who kidnapped her is reportedly the boyfriend of a family member.

"At this time, this case is being investigated as a kidnapping. Detectives are investigating and this is all the information available for release at this time," Gillett said.

The suspect has not been identified.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Luna Nunez

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