Girl’s 33-mile ride in refrigerated trailer gets grandpa ride in police car
Mono County deputies investigating a possible child abduction near Bishop found an 11-year-old girl riding in the cargo trailer of a big rig Friday.
Deputies received a report that two men had placed a young female into the cargo area of a tractor trailer at about 8:20 a.m.
They spotted the vehicle on Highway 395 near Benton Crossing Road, about 33 miles north of Bishop, and conducted a traffic stop.
After unlocking the refrigerated cargo trailer they found the girl hiding among the loose cargo.
One of the men in the cab of the truck was the girl’s grandfather, George Lewis Arciero, 52 of Apple Valley Calif.
He told deputies he took his granddaughter to work with him for the day. While in Bishop, Arciero picked up 33-year-old Jason Ray Jernigan, which is when they put the girl in the back of the truck, according to Mono County Undersheriff Ralph Obenberger
Both men were arrested for child endangerment and booked into Mono County Jail.
The girl was released to Mono County Child Protective Services who will reunite the juvenile with her mother, Obenberger said.
The case has been forwarded to the Mono County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.