An investigation into the whereabouts of a missing 7-year-old took an odd twist with the 12-hour disappearance of her mother and stepfather.
Christina Holt's mother reported her missing Saturday at a Fort Lauderdale flea market, but investigators determined she hadn't been seen outside the family for 10 days before that. She was still missing late Thursday.
Investigators raised suspicions of abuse after finding blood in the couple's apartment and car trunk.
The couple disappeared Wednesday about two hours before the woman was due to give a blood sample for genetic typing. Pauline Zile, 24, and her husband, John Zile, 32, were seen at 3:15 a.m. Thursday at a Port St. Lucie service station and voluntarily went to police headquarters there, said FBI spokesman Paul Miller.
Riviera Beach police traveled 40 miles north to question the couple and authorized their release. Zile told police they were headed to the nearby Jensen Beach home of Mrs. Zile's mother.
"They explained to Riviera Beach police that the reason that they missed their appointment with sheriff's officers was that they felt they needed some time alone to stop and think," Broward County sheriff's spokesman Jim Leljedal said.
Riviera Beach police scheduled another interview with the Ziles.
The mother's version of events was called into question after investigators who viewed grainy tape from 32 surveillance cameras at the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop were unable to see the girl.