A timeline of events in the kidnapping and murder investigation of Sandra Cantu and the criminal case of Melissa Huckaby.
March 27, 2009: Sandra Cantu, an 8-year-old girl from Tracy, California, reported missing by family members after she fails to return home from a playdate within the mobile home park where she lived.
March 29: The Federal Bureau of Investigations joins local law enforcement in searching for missing Tracy 8-year-old Sandra Cantu after she disappeared from her mobile home park.
March 30: The parents of Sandra Cantu are questioned in connection with the girl's disappearance.
March 31: Community members from Tracy rally together to search for 8-year-old Sandra Cantu.
April 1: FOX40.com launches SearchForSandra.com, an online "missing flier" which later becomes an international portal of information for news related to the disappearance, and later the murder, of Sandra Cantu.
April 1: Sandra Cantu's father Daniel Cantu speaks first with FOX40's Darsha Philips. "If you can get to the phone, dial 9-1-1," he said in a message to Sandra taped by FOX40's photographer.
April 2: In an interview with FOX40 News, the neighbor of the Cantu family says he suspected someone inside the mobile home park took Sandra Cantu. "There no way he would leave on her own," the neighbor tells FOX40's Darsha Philips.
April 2: Frank Woehler, a mobile home resident, raised questions by police after he admits to kissing Sandra Cantu on the lips in a television interview.
April 3: Police release home video of Sandra Cantu opening Christmas gifts with the hope that the video will provide additional descriptive information for those looking for Cantu.
April 4: Police release mobile home surveillance video showing Sandra Cantu skipping in a parking lot the day of her disappearance.
April 5: Hundreds of volunteers take to the streets with fliers and flashlights as the search for Sandra Cantu intensifies.
April 6: Police announce the investigation of Sandra Cantu's disappearance has been "scaled back." Meanwhile, America's Most Wanted spotlights the Cantu case.
April 7: Police discover a "suspicious container," later described as a sealed suitcase located in an irrigation ditch about 3 miles from Sandra Cantu's home. It's later confirmed the suitcase contained the remains of the missing 8-year-old.
April 7: Following the discovery of Sandra Cantu's body, police and federal agents swarm the mobile home park where Sandra Cantu once lived as a massive search for a missing 8-year-old turns into a massive homicide investigation.
April 8: Police report warrants executed on the Clover Road Baptist Church in connection with the disappearance and murder of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. Later that evening, a community vigil is held at the mobile home park where Sandra Cantu once lived.
April 9: At the request of Sandra Cantu's parents, items left at a makeshift memorial in front of the Tracy mobile home park are removed.
April 10: FOX40's Darsha Philips speaks with an Oakland man who accuses an individual as Sandra Cantu's kidnapper and killer. The tip is investigated by police, but was unfounded. Authorities report thousands of tips pouring in from across the world in connection with the disappearance and murder of Cantu.
April 10: Clover Road Baptist School teacher and Cantu neighbor Melissa Huckaby tells FOX40 News and local newspaper Tracy Press her suitcase was reported stolen the day Sandra Cantu disappeared.Police dispute this claim, stating no police report was filed by Huckaby the day Cantu was reported missing.
Timeline: Disappearance, Murder Of Sandra Cantu & Trial Of Melissa Huckaby
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