Technicians at NASA have joined the hunt for missing 11-year-old Carlie Brucia, whose abduction was captured by a surveillance camera at a Sarasota, Fla., car wash on Sunday as a man grabbed her hand and took her away.
The case has garnered national attention (including televised pleas from Brucia’s distraught parents), and the FBI has so far received 200 leads in the search for the girl, the Associated Press reports.
As for the NASA link, those at the space agency are trying to enhance the video images from the surveillance tape, which show what appears to be a dark-haired man wearing a mechanic’s shirt with a white name patch. He has tattoos on both arms. Carlie, who has long blonde hair and blue eyes, is shown in the video carrying a pink backpack.
One tip reportedly came from Kissimmee, Fla., near Orlando, from someone who claimed to have seen a man struggling with a girl in a parking lot Tuesday. That has police on the lookout for a green, four-door Honda or Nissan, says AP.
One company is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to a break in the case, while on Wednesday’s “Today” show it was reported that $50,000 is currently being offered for an arrest and conviction in the case.
Carlie’s mother, Susan Schorpen, in her video plea, said: “Please release Carlie. Please give me my baby.”
The girl’s father, New York-based Joe Brucia, is imploring anyone with information to come forward.