OAKLAND -- Two months after an Oakland toddler disappeared, the family is holding a community motorcycle ride on Saturday ¿to keep her name and story in the public eye.
Wednesday marked two months since Daphne Viola Webb, whose second birthday is next month, was reported missing on July 10 by her father John Webb, 49.
The family has held candlelight vigils, a march from the Oakland Police Department to Oakland City Hall, news conferences and been on hand when police searched the waterfront, East Bay Regional Park District land and trails and areas near the father's Oakland hills home for the child or her body.
Starting at noon Saturday, the East Bay Dragons Motorcycle Club, in partnership with the Mackbee Foundation, will host a "We Love Baby Daphne Motorcycle Run" from the clubhouse at 8731 International Blvd., in the neighborhood where Daphne was reported missing, to the parking lot of Emmanuel Temple Church at 900 Sixth St. in Vallejo.
The foundation will assist with the event by providing food to the bikers and community members involved in the ride. The organization was established in 2009 to promote the African-American culture, recognize community leaders, establish scholarship programs for needy families and mentoring programs for at-risk youth among other things.
Daphne has been missing since July 10, when her father said someone snatched her from his black Ford SUV when he went into a convenience store and left her with his 87-year-old mother, who has dementia, in the SUV at 79th Avenue and International Boulevard.
Webb was arrested the next day on suspicion of felony child endangerment because the child was not in proper care in the SUV, but prosecutors declined to file charges, and he was released from jail the following day.
He remains a person of interest in the case.
There is a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of the child.
To donate, volunteer or participate in the ride, go to www.findbabydaphne.com for additional information. Anyone with information about the case can call the Oakland Police Department missing persons unit at 510-238-3641.