June Robles, the six-year-old granddaughter of a wealthy Tucson
pioneer, had been kidnapped as she left her school. A ransom of
$15,000 was demanded for her safe return.
The news was all over Tucson and hundreds helped search through
the night for clues.
From the Arizona Daily Star, April 27, 1934:
300 HUNT ROBLES
TRACE MANY CLUED BUT STOLEN CHILD
REMAINS IN HIDING
Desert and Mountain Combed
in Vain; City Homes Searched
Supervisors and Legion Each to Give
$500 For Capture
Weary from his 24 hour straight vigil, Colby S. Farrar, Pima
county undersheriff, received report after report last night at his
office in the county court house as police officers and deputies,
Legionnaires and cowboys, state patrol and federal officers aiding
in the search for six-year-old June Robles returned from the
wide-flung miles of mountain and desert that surround Tucson. But
no word of the dark-haired baby or her kidnaper were included in
the news given Farrar and his co-worker, C. A. Wollard, chief of
Men in cars, afoot and ahorse had left no trail unwatched nor
home unvisited as they carried on the search for the little girl
who was kidnaped as she left the Roskruge school Wednesday
Undaunted by the lack of success Farrar and Wollard prepared new
patrols and fresh men relieved those long on duty. The search, now
delving deep into the mesquite covered desert along the Santa Cruz
river, has taken more than 300 men into the field and more have
volunteered their services.
While he said he could not go into detail as to the plans,
Farrar admitted last night that an effort will be made to contact
the kidnapers in hope that the ransom payment of $15,000 may be
adjusted in order to obtain the safe return of the child. The
officer would not divulge the time nor the place at which the
effort would be made, but intimated that it would be before
Searchers were given instruction for searching houses in and
"Don't shoot unless someone attacks you," the instructions
began. "Put one man in the alley and another in the street.
Approach the houses and ask permission to go through. If
permissionh is refused, call the sheriff's office and report it and
station a man to guard the house until further orders."
On this basis the covering of the town began. Meanwhile the
search in the county districts was not neglected. So far as
possible, men who knew the district to be searched were assigned to
each location with instructions to search each house and cabin with
especial attention to likely hideouts for such a gang.
Clearly no stone was to be left unturned and if a house couldn't
be searched, searchers would make sure no one could be spirited
away from it without being seen.
An extra first page was added over the original, so that
subscribers got two front pages, one with the original article,
part of which is above, and one in front of that with a new
article. It included a note to subscribers:
This extra cover was put on The Star this morning because the
Robles family believe that the kidnapers of 6-year-old June Robles
should have the news that the family is willing to negotiate as
soon as possible.
(For details further than those carried on the story on this
page, read the original page one, inside this special bulletin
The story on the new front page:
MANHUNT HALTED; FAMILY OF
KIDNAPED ROBLES CHILD ASKS NEGOTIATION FOR ITS RETURN
Carlos Robles Issues
Statement Calling Off Searchers for June, 6
The manhunt for the abductors of June Robles, 6, who was
kidnaped from in front of Roskruge school Wednesday afternoon, was
called off this morning at 3 o'clock at the request of the
The family is attempting to get into contact with the
The statement calling off the concentrated manhunt, which
involved more than 300 volunteer and paid officers at its height,
was issued by Carlos Robles, uncle of June and assistant county
attorney of Pima county, as follows:
"The main object in the case, I believe, is to have the girl
returned safely to her family.
"For that reason I have requested, at the request of the family,
the officers to withdraw from the case in order to permit the
family to negotiate with the kidnapers, hoping that with
negotiations with them we may have the girl returned to her home
"The officers have been kind enough to accept and have agreed to
In an informal addition to the statement, Assistant County
Attorney Robles then said that he felt that if The Arizona Daily
Star carried the news to as many Tucsonans as possible,
negotiations might be hastened. When the statement was issued,
present in the county attorney's office were:
Fernando Robles, father of the kidnaped child.
Carlos Robles, uncle.
County Attorney Clarence Houston.
Undersheriff Colby S. Farrar, who has headed the manhunt.
Chief of Police C. A. Wollard — whose department captured John
Dillinger and his gang, and who turned police force over to the
direction of Farrar to expedite the manhunt.
Fifteen thousand dollars ransom was asked in the original
The condition of Mrs. Helen Robles, mother of the child, who has
been praying constantly for the child's safe return, grew dangerous
last night, and hastened to family's decision to attempt to regain
the child through negotiations with the kidnapers.
Next: Arrests, hoaxes and lots of waiting.