Rally planned for Hasanni Campbell; foster parents reported to have moved
on February 5, 2010
Oakland North has created a timeline of the first six months of the Hasanni Campbell investigation that is available here.
The homicide investigation into the disappearance of Fremont boy Hasanni Campbell continues amid reports that his foster parents have left the area. On Tuesday, The Oakland Tribune reported that Louis Ross and Jennifer Campbell had moved out of their Fremont rental home a month ago, and that Ross may be in Arizona. The article stated that Jennifer Campbell’s mother, Pamela Clark, does not know where she is.
John Burris, the Oakland attorney who had been advising the couple, said he was unaware they have allegedly left the area. “I know nothing,” he said. “I didn’t know they were gone.”
Press spokesman Officer Jeffrey Thomason of the Oakland Police Department could not comment on what impact the departure could have on police proceedings because “the case is still under investigation,” he said.
Hasanni Campbell, who has cerebral palsy, has been missing since August 10, 2009. Ross claimed Hasanni went missing when he left the boy in a car behind Shuz, a Rockridge shoe store on College Avenue, where Jennifer Campbell worked. So far, the OPD has released no evidence linking the boy to that location. The couple was arrested on suspicion of murder Aug. 28, but was released when prosecutors declined to file charges against them.
The Citizens for the Lost Society, a local group that helps search for missing people, is planning a rally in front of the Oakland Police Department on February 10, the six-month anniversary of Campbell’s disappearance. Sheri-Lyn Miller, a San Leandro print-shop owner, helped found the group after she began donating t-shirts and flyers to help find missing persons. Miller estimates the rally will draw a crowd of 100 to 150 people, including city council members and supporters of Oscar Grant, the Hayward man shot and killed by a BART police officer on January 1, 2009.
Participants are invited to come make signs for the rally at Miller’s San Leandro print shop on Saturday, February 6 between 12 and 6 p.m.
Miller has not had contact with either Ross or Jennifer Campbell “since Louis Ross was released from jail about four months ago,” she said. “They should be looking for him. They haven’t been.”
Even though the OPD classified the case as a homicide, rather than a missing persons case, back in August, Miller still encourages people to look for the boy, who would now be six years old. “He was a ward of the state,” said Miller. “He is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone with a car should have a flyer for him taped in their window.”
The Oakland Police Department Crime Stoppers reward for finding Campbell is $75,000. Anyone with information regarding the case can call the Oakland Police Department at (510) 777-8572 or (510) 777-3211.
Miller’s print shop is located at 15976 E. 14th St. in San Leandro
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