Hope of Finding Missing NorCal Baby Fades After Her Father Is Killed in Shootout

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Ember Graham is seen in a photograph provided by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.

After the father of a missing 6-month-old girl was killed in a shootout with law enforcement, there is little hope investigators will find baby Ember Skye Graham and it’s doubtful she is alive, the Shasta County sheriff said Monday.

Ember Graham is shown in a photo released by the Shasta County Sheriff's Office on July 2, 2015.

Ember Graham is shown in a photo released by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office on July 2, 2015.

Ember has been missing since July 2, when Matthew Graham, 23, called authorities and reported his daughter had been stolen from her crib in the middle of the night while he slept.

Graham’s story didn’t make sense to detectives, officials said, and he was publicly named as a person of interest in the baby’s disappearance. He was arrested the night he reported Ember missing but released soon after.

On July 11, when word came that investigators had a potential lead in the the case, Graham vanished and stole his mother’s cellphone, handgun and money from her purse.

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