F.B.I Join Search for Missing Child
on August 11, 2009
By AYAKO MIE & ALEXIA UNDERWOOD; Additional Reporting by SHILANDA WOOLRIDGE
The F.B.I joined the search for a missing five-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, last seen in North Oakland Monday afternoon, police said yesterday during a press conference.
Hasanni Campbell of Fremont disappeared from a parked car near the 6000 block of College Ave around 4:15 p.m Monday, according to his foster father, Louis Ross, who contacted the police.
“We are searching all avenues and walkways. This is a continuous effort, night and day,” said Seth Neri of the Oakland Police Dept.
So far, the police said, the investigation is only based on information provided by Ross, who was responsible for the child when he disappeared.
After shutting down a two-block area by the intersection of College and Claremont Tuesday, police continued to search the area on Wednesday and are trying to locate any witnesses. Officers handed out fliers with pictures of Hasanni and showed pictures of his foster father to local shopkeepers Tuesday morning, said Sandra Biasotti of Berkeley Kid’s Room, a furniture store on College Ave.
Ross told police he parked his car near Shuz of Rockridge (6012 College Ave) and escorted his 1-year-old daughter (Hasanni’s sister) into the store, where his fiancé, Jennifer Campbell, Hasanni’s aunt and foster mother, works.
When he returned to the car, the boy was gone. Police did not say whether any witnesses saw the five-year-old boy in the parked bar.
Hasanni is three feet tall, weighs 40 lbs and is African American; he has short black hair and brown eyes and was wearing a gray sweatshirt and sweatpants. He was wearing braces on his legs, according to the foster father.
Anyone with knowledge of the incident should call the Oakland Police Special Victims Section: 510 238 3641.
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