A father who abducted his two-year-old child had turned the gun on himself after killing his daughter, it has been revealed.Mourad 'Moni' Samaan and toddler Madeline Layla Samaan-Fay were found dead on Saturday inside his car in a Californian forest near Sacramento.Samaan sparked a week-long manhunt when he ran away with his daughter after he lost a custody battle with the girl's mother earlier this month.Gunman: Mourad Samaan pictured with his two-year-old daughte Madeline, who he killed before shooting himselfBrian Golmitz, spokesman for the El Dorado County Sheriff's Department said today an autopsy found that the 49-year-old died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
He said Madeline also suffered two gunshot wounds, but her cause of death would be formalised after a toxicology report considers the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning.The two were the subject of an FBI amber alert after officials first suspected that she had been abducted by her father.
Samaan received notification on August 6 that the girl's mother, Marcia Ann Fay, 46, had been awarded full custody of their daughter, ending a joint custody arrangement.
Sweet: Madeline Layla Samaan-Fay had been at the centre of a custody battleSamaan's father, Makram Samaan, a psychologist who helps couples mediate disputes and divorces, has revealed his son was spending the day with his daughter Madeline when he learned that a Sacramento County judge had awarded her mother full custody.
Makram Samaan said his son called him to say that he was scared of losing his daughter so abducted Madeline that night.
The toddler's mother, who was scheduled to pick up her daughter the following morning, reported her missing as soon as she realised they were gone.Last sighting: On August 6 Madeline Samaan-Fay, left, next to Samaan, are seen at a Raley's grocery store in Sacramento, CaliforniaThe father and daughter were last seen in a Sacramento Raley's grocery store on Sunday.
After a call from the FBI, El Dorado County Sheriff's deputies, with the help of a California Highway Patrol helicopter, searched a wooded 40-acre property in the Grizzly Flat area that Moni Samaan owned with his brother.They found his car in a clearing beneath pines trees, about 500 yards up a winding dirt road with both bodies inside.
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In: Regional News
Tags: Murder, suicide, gun, child, custody, battle
Location: Sacramento, California, United States (load item map)
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