10-year-old Barway Collins of Crystal, Minn. has been missing for nearly a week, and the effort to find the fourth grader is gaining national attention. The Crystal Police Department is holding a news conference at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to give an update on the case.
Barway was last seen on March 18 after exiting his school's transportation van near the 5400 block of Douglas Drive North in Crystal. Barway is approximately 5 feet tall and 80 pounds. He was wearing a white t-shirt, black pants and carrying a red and gray backpack.
The Crystal Crime Prevention Board is now offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the disappearance of Barway Collins. Anybody with information is asked to call 911 or Hennepin County Dispatch at 952-258-5321.
Time for hope is now
The staff at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center says this is the time to focus on hope. While this case has yet to be classified as an abduction, 97.5 percent of those cases result in the recovery of the child.
Vigil at Cedarwood Apartments
About 100 supporters gathered for a vigil outside of the Cedarwood Apartments on Monday to pray for Barway's safe return. Many even dropped donations to aid in the effort to find the missing boy.
"We really miss him, we need him back," said Yamah Collins, Barway's mother. "Please, please bring our boy back."
"We're dying slowly and we miss him," said his father, Pierre Collins.A community's responsibility
While police have not classified this case as an abduction, the average age of children kidnapped is 10 years old, Barway's age.
"Even in non-family abductions, over half the time the child has interacted with the abductor at some point," Feigh said.
Feigh said bringing Barway home is a community's responsibility and preventing the abduction of children in anyone's life starts with establishing simple safety rules.
"Go through what if games with your kids. You know, what if someone comes up to you at the park and asks you to help find a puppy? Or what if someone asks you to help keep a secret from me, what would you do?" Feigh said.
In addition, Feigh said teaching young people to trust their gut instincts by honoring their "uh oh" feelings can go a long way.
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