Detectives have located the sport utility vehicle used in Thursday’s abduction of a Mesa salon owner, police said Friday.
A news release from Mesa police indicates the vehicle was located Thursday evening and was being processed for possible evidence.
Also on Friday, police identified the kidnapping victim as Reynalda Valdez-Cardenas, 31. The business owner was handcuffed about 10:50 a.m. Thursday and forced into an SUV outside her hair salon near Alma School Road and Eighth Avenue.
The business, Kendy’s Beauty Salon, remained closed Friday.
Police said two men placed Valdez-Cardenas into an older model Nissan Pathfinder and fled the scene. Police said the vehicle was found near the salon, but investigators declined to say exactly where they found it.
Mesa detectives said that they were following up on various leads Friday and that the investigation was ongoing.
Employees at the hair salon said two men entered the store and displayed handguns before ordering them to the back room. Two of the women were ordered to stay in the back room while Valdez-Cardenas was ordered to leave with the men. The employees said they were not familiar with the gunmen.
The first gunman was described as a Hispanic male about 18 to 20 years old, wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt with a black baseball cap. The second was a Hispanic male, also about 18 to 20 years old, wearing jeans and a yellow shirt.
Investigators ask anyone with information about the crime to call police at (480) 644-2211 or Silent Witness at (480) 948-6377.