$30,000 reward for missing baby

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The Philadelphia police continued its search for the kidnapped 10-month-old Saanvi Venna (Sravya) on Thursday and along with the Telugu community in the US, announced a reward of $30,000 for information leading to the safe return of the infant.

Saanvi had been abducted by unknown kidnappers in a Philadelphia township on Monday morning; in the same incident her grandmother Satyavathi Venna, 61, was killed.

A large number of people, including NRIs, attended a candle-light vigil organised by the Telugu Association of North America in Satyavathi’s memory.

Meanwhile, the local police and the FBI continued their search for Saanvi. “This is not a typical homicide investigation,” district attorney Risa Vetri Ferman told the Philly Inquirer. “We also have the search and rescue operation,” she added.

She said investigators were being guarded with information because “we do not want to do anything that would jeopardise the child’s safety”.

The Pennsylvania State Police has issued an Amber Child Abduction Alert for Saanvi.

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