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Baby search focuses on smuggling ring

Published December 13, 2006


The sketch of the woman who snatched baby Bryan Dos Santos Gomes at knifepoint is plastered everywhere amid the mobile homes at the Tropical Trailer Park.

At the center of it all is Unit 43, where Maria Fatima Ramos Dos Santos, 23, and Jurandir Gomes Costa, 26, were raising their newborn son. Bryan was kidnapped Dec. 1.

Fort Myers police think it may have happened because Bryan's Brazilian parents failed to pay smugglers who brought them to America two years ago. But the parents doubt that. They have not explained why. Police continued to say Tuesday their pursuit of a human smuggling ring is the strongest lead. Police Chief Hilton Daniels said Tuesday a task force of local, state and federal investigators have received more than 300 tips. Most were dead ends.


[Last modified December 13, 2006, 01:01:59]

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