A Des Moines police task force continues to look for clues and are investigating over two dozen tips in the kidnapping of a child on March 28th. The five-year-old boy was returned around a half hour after he was taken. Police Sergeant Chris Scott, says they have 27 people assigned to the task force. He says their objective is to dedicate officers to specific jobs and to bring the information together. Scott says they’ve had lots of tips called in, but so far they have not helped.
Scott says they’ve had as many as 30 tips, and so far nothing new has come out of them. Scott says the information they do have indicates the man was driving a white care with black trim that had a broken tail light and three flames in the back window. He says this is a car that has been driven on the street and it now is parked at a home or apartment complex, so they are asking people to look around and notify police if they see the car.
While the man is still at large, Scott says other parents just need to continue paying attention to what their kids are doing. “I don’t think that I would offer them any different advice today as I would have last week,” Scott says, “and that is, it’s warm outside, our kids are playing and we need to supervise our kids. We need to know where they’re at, we need to know where they are going, we need to know how they are going to get there, and when they are going to be home.”
Police say the boy was missing his underwear and a shoe and his pants were on backwards when he came home, but initial results did not show signs of a sexual assault.