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    Michael "Monkey" Vaughan (5) missing from Fruitland, ID since 7/27/2021

    https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/lo...6-e77ec07d9f3d


    Fruitland Police Chief JD Huff held a press conference to update the public on the efforts being made to locate Michael Vaughan, a 5-year-old Fruitland boy who has been missing since Tuesday evening.

    Michael, who also goes by "Monkey," was last seen in the area of southwest 8th Street, southwest 9th Street. and Cornwall Way between 6:30-7:15 p.m. on July 27. He has blonde hair, blue eyes, stands about 3'7", and weighs around 50 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue Minecraft t-shirt, dark blue briefs, and blue flip-flops.

    Huff was joined by Special Agent Brian Sullivan with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Captain Matt Sly with Idaho State Police (ISP), Chief John Plaza of the Payette Police Dept., and Brian Marinelli with the Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Team (IMSRT). Three members of Michael's family were also present.

    "We're committed to finding Michael, and we're not going to leave any stone unturned," Huff said.

    With the help of several local agencies and the FBI, Fruitland PD continues to extensively search for Michael. Huff said a methodical search has been conducted in and around the area Michael was last seen, including two irrigation runoff ditches that were drained by the Fruitland Public Works Dept.

    K9 teams, aerial, marine and land support teams have also been utilized to date, according to Huff. They also have multiple drones being used to search large areas.

    Idaho Fish and Game officers continue to search the Snake River by boat for four to five miles downriver and in river slews.

    Huff said Fruitland PD will continue to organize search and rescue operations with resources provided by IMSRT, the Fruitland Fire Dept. and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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    https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/lo...3-45a8b640bf06

    After 6 days, police and the FBI continue searching for missing Fruitland boy

    The missing 5-year-old was last seen between 6:30-7:15 p.m. on July 27, near the area of southwest 8th Street, southwest 9th Street. and Cornwall Way in Fruitland, Idaho. Michael has blonde hair, blue eyes, stands about 3'7", and weighs around 50 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue Minecraft t-shirt, dark blue briefs, and blue flip-flops.



    On Monday night, the Fruitland Police Department released an update on the search for Michael. Police Chief J.D. Huff said they've brought in experts in various fields to help with the search efforts.

    "Michael deserves every effort we can make to find him, and that's what we're doing," Huff said in the statement.

    He explained that the Fruitland Police Department is spearheading the investigation but other law enforcement agencies from across the Treasure Valley and the FBI are also assisting.

    On Monday, teams focused their efforts again in the area near where Michael was last seen and used land, water and aerial equipment in their search of the area, according to officials.

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    It's strange to me that he was running around in underwear. Unless he walked out of the house after being put to bed?
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
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    This isnt looking good.

    "The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man" -Charles Darwin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boston Babe 73 View Post
    It's strange to me that he was running around in underwear. Unless he walked out of the house after being put to bed?
    I babysat my nephews last week and the 4 almost 5 year old went outside and played in his underwear. I went out and supervised of course. I kept on saying "dont you want to put on pants?" and he kept saying no.

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    https://www.eastidahonews.com/2021/0...rows-to-26000/

    Reward to find missing Fruitland boy grows to $26,000

    The Fruitland Police Department announced Friday the reward for Michael Joseph Vaughn has grown to $26,000. Michael who is known by his family as “monkey” vanished from his home on July 27 and both local and federal investigators have been searching for him since.

    “Our best answer has been to support the search for the missing 5-year-old, be it in prayer or positive action,” Fruitland Police officials said in a news release. “We have witnessed this and we’ve reported to you as often as we can on how this community has done just that.”

    The Vaughn family reportedly received a large donation to help in the search for Micheal and immediately turned the funds over to the police’s reward fund. On Sept. 2, Fruitland Police received a $10,000 donation to create the reward fund and it continues to grow.

    It is not clear exactly how Micheal disappeared, but police and other searchers flooded his Fruitland neighborhood moments after his family called to report him missing. Investigators searched canals, farm fields, homes, rivers and even septic tanks for any sign of the boy.

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    https://www.foxnews.com/us/missing-i...ch-corn-fields

    Missing Idaho boy: No trace of Michael Joseph Vaughan after corn fields harvested, cleared

    In addition to the harvested fields, including corn fields that police said many community members were concerned about, investigators will search the irrigation drainages within the next two weeks as it gets closer to the date when the irrigation water will be shut down for the season.

    Police emphasized that analyzing every facet in "this detailed phase" of the investigation "is going to take time," saying that a total of 446 tips have poured in since the child first vanished. Tips are continuing to be assigned to investigators for follow-up.

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    This isn't going to end well, I'm afraid.
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    I thought the exact same thing. Poor Brennen Tammons.
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    I know, right? What the fuck, puke? Willing to take in Boston, an Irish dude and like, 17 dogs but not Ron? poor Ron.

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    Not a good ending to this one, I don't think. Also, there's more to the story. Why was he last seen at some intersection at like 7 pm? Who saw him? A camera? A person?

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    https://www.argusobserver.com/breaki...710a09328.html

    Police believe new tip in case of missing boy is ‘going to be very helpful’

    Law enforcement personnel involved in the search for a missing 5-year-old boy from Fruitland got “a little spark” recently when someone came forward with new information. Additionally, more money has been added to the reward fund and police will reach out to the public today to help identify four people who were in the area near the time Michael “Monkey” Joseph Vaughan went missing.

    “We recently identified a witness who brought forth good information that can really help us with the timelines,” said Fruitland Police Chief JD Huff during a phone interview this morning. “We think it’s going to be very helpful.”

    The chief said it was encouraging for law enforcement that despite Michael having been missing for more than two months, somebody who saw something finally stepped forward with new information. As investigators continue to piece together the timeline of July 27 — a critical component of the investigation, Huff is urging anyone else who might have information to step forward.

    “If you were in that area of Southwest Eighth or Southwest Ninth or Washington Avenue near Cornwall Way around July 27 or even earlier in the day, and you witnessed something that may have seemed strange or suspicious, we strongly encourage you to bring the information forward,” he said.

    Tips continue to come in, Huff said, with 471 total as of this morning. A large portion of those have been investigated and ultimately cleared by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Idaho State Police and Fruitland Police Department.
    Persons sought for interviews are not suspects

    Police are also seeking to identify two vehicles and their respective drivers, as well as two pedestrians who were seen in the area near the time when Michael went missing on July 27.

    “It’s super important to understand that they are not suspects or persons of interest — we just want to talk to them to help complete the picture of that day,” Huff said.

    Fruitland Police Department plans to post images of the vehicles on its Facebook page this afternoon. The images are a little grainy as they came off of a door camera, the chief said. However, he believes they are clear enough that someone might be able to identify them.

    The first motorist they are trying to make contact with was driving a 2016-2020 model year white Honda Pilot that was seen leaving the area on Southwest Eighth Street at about 6:47 p.m.. The second motorist police are trying to find was driving a 2010-2011 model year blue Dodge Avenger seen leaving the area; it had been on Southwest Eighth, then immediately turned right on Whitley Drive at about 6:57 p.m.

    “We haven’t ID’d them yet, but they are in our window, so we want to ID those people and make sure,” Huff said.

    The pedestrians they are looking to interview are ones they are having trouble identifying, who were in the area of Southwest Eighth and Crestview Park that evening.

    The first is a man with dark hair and facial hair, who was wearing dark color shorts with no shirt, according to Huff. The man was seen jogging on the sidewalk near Crestview at about 6:15 p.m. Huff noted that although this was earlier than Michael went missing, they are still trying to track the man down to see if he can remember the day and given them any information for the timeline.

    The second is also a man with dark hair, who was wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts and walking off of Southwest Eighth into Crestview Park, then continued into a lower drainage behind the neighborhood, at about 6:30 p.m.

    Huff is hopeful that with the description, alone, people may know someone in the area and the motorists and pedestrians will be identified pretty quickly.
    Reward fund grows, special to air

    Another anonymous and significant donation has bumped the reward fund up to $40,000. The reward is available through Nov. 15 for information leading to the safe return of Michael.

    “Obviously, we’re hopeful that [amount] motivates those with any information from that night to come forward and help bring Michael home to his family,” Huff said. “We continue to ask people to be vigilant, and if they have any information to help us, please contact us.”

    The investigation is still very active, the chief said.

    “We are 100% committed to finding Michael and we are working on this every day,” Huff said.

    This includes continuing to pour over videos from cameras in neighborhoods and businesses, he said. Huff is also investigating the case, with his days largely spent on working on tips and leads.

    On Thursday, he talked to a representative from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding a segment they are working on about Michael which will air tonight. According to Angeline Hartmann, with the center, the segment tonight will be on News Nation, a new television network. It will be part of the Dan Abrams Live show, which airs at 6 p.m. local time.

    She said the center is also working with Michael's family to put together a detailed story about Michael, that will be distributed on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's social media pages. It is hoped that may be ready later next week.

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