Two months after 5-year-old Michael Joseph Vaughan went missing near his home in Fruitland, Idaho, investigators are now appealing to the public to help identify the four individuals who were seen in surveillance videos of the neighborhood.
In a Facebook post on October 8, the Fruitland Police Department said they were seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the drivers of the two cars, along with two other individuals, who were seen near Crestview Park, where Michael died from 6 to 7 pm. had disappeared between
According to police, they are looking for drivers of a white Honda Pilot (2016-2020 model year) and a blue Dodge Avenger (2010-2011 model year). While the white Honda Pilot was seen leaving the area between 6 pm and 7 pm, surveillance video shows the blue Dodge Avenger exiting the area and then immediately turning right and then heading south.
Police have also sought help in identifying the two persons seen in surveillance video from near Crestview Park. One is a shirtless adult male with dark hair and facial hair, wearing dark shorts, and is seen strolling on the sidewalk near Crestview Park. The other is an adult male with dark hair, wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts, who is seen roaming the park area.
However, the police said that these persons are not suspects or persons of interest.
“It is very important to understand that these people are not suspects or individuals of interest, but it is important to speak to each of them to help us complete the picture of the events of that evening,” the Facebook post said.
Michael went missing on July 27 near his home in Fruitland.
While the Fruitland Police Department, Idaho State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are investigating the case, the boy has yet to be found.
Investigators said they had found more than 471 tips and after an anonymous donation the cash reward for any clues to the whereabouts of the missing boy was increased to $40,000 (about £30,000).
Police also said the missing boy’s family was “fully cooperating” and continued to work with investigators.
Last month, police said they had no trace of the boy after harvesting and cleaning the corn fields.
Michael, nicknamed “Monkey”, was last seen wearing black boxer briefs, a light blue Minecraft T-shirt and flip-flop sandals.
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