Jeff would later explain exactly what happened. “I heard a young girl crying, saying, ‘Daddy, daddy, I’m scared,’” he told Fox13. “Then the kid’s voice went away, and a man came on.” In that moment, Jeff believed that his worst nightmare had come true.
The caller told Jeff that he had kidnapped his daughter. Worse, the voice on the other end of the line explained that if the father wanted his daughter to live then he couldn’t alert anyone else to the call or hang up the phone. Moreover, the man sounded horribly serious. “It scared me to death,” said Jeff. “The guy [said], ‘I’ll kill her. You’ll never see her again. You’ll be paying for a funeral.’”
Jeff knew at this point that he had to establish whether his daughter was okay. He therefore asked the caller if he could speak to his daughter again. However, the man refused to answer any of his questions or let him talk with her.