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JSO hunting for evidence in little girl's abduction

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Updated: 6/27/2013 12:35 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police are hunting for evidence in the case against accused killer Donald Smith.

Two pictures were released by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief of Investigations Annie Smith Wednesday, of a stroller that she called "a key piece of evidence."

The stroller is a blue, tandem, Graco model with plaid print. It can been seen pushed by a woman in a grainy picture that police say is a still shot taken from surveillance video inside the Dollar General store where Cherish Perrywinkle's mother Rayne first met Smith Friday evening.

A friend of the family confirms to Action News that it is in fact Rayne Perrywinkle in the picture.

A second, clearer picture is of a stroller similar to the Perrywinkel's model, that police say they need to public to look for.

"The victims mother put the stroller in the suspect’s van when the family got into the van and left the Dollar Store and went to the Walmart," said Chief Smith during a press conference Wednesday.

Perrywinkle tells police she left the stroller inside Donald Smith's van when they went into the Walmart on Lem Turner Road, and she believes Smith took it with him, when he left the store with Cherish.

When Donald Smith was taken into custody Saturday morning, the stroller was no longer in his van.

Frances Boyd is a neighbor of the Perrywinkle family, and tell Action News that Rayne was never without the stroller in the more than two years that the two neighbors have been friends.

"It was her mode of transportation for everything."

Boyd says the stroller was quite worn and used by Perrywinkle almost every day. Police confirm the stroller they are looking for is worn and may be in disrepair.

Boyd is now asking neighbors to help find the stroller and help one of their own.

"I hope if someone is to find it, they know that it's not jut discarded because somebody didn't want it. If it can be returned that would be very vital evidence."

If you see the stroller, police are asking that you not touch it or anything around it. Instead, call JSO at 630-0500 to report it immediatley.

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