Six-month-old Ember Graham went missing from her father’s Happy Valley, California, home on July 2. As detectives worked on the case, Matthew Graham’s story about the night his daughter disappeared began to unravel and he was deemed a person of interest.
Police began seeking Graham, 24, when he failed to report to his probation officer, the Sacramento Bee reported. He then allegedly stole a car from a couple at gunpoint on July 13 and led authorities on a chase, according to AP. Graham had reportedly taken a gun from his mother before disappearing.
When confronted by authorities outside of Dunsmuir, Graham abandoned the car and hid in a garage. He shot at deputies until they returned fire and killed him.
The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office said that Graham claimed the baby was abducted, but there wasn’t any evidence that was the case. Although Graham was never charged with a crime related to his daughter’s disappearance, Ember still hasn’t been found. He refused to take a lie-detector test and didn’t show any remorse.
Investigators told CBS News that it’s unlikely Ember was abducted. The door to the baby’s playpen required a specific unlocking mechanism that would require a screwdriver.