10-year-old Barway Collins of Crystal, Minn. is still missing after he disappeared after school on Wednesday, March 18. A Sunday night press conference was the first time in the 4 full days that Barway has been missing that police detailed their search efforts.
Police looking for 2 spotted on camera
Crystal police issued a photo of two people who may or may not be connected to the disappearance of Barway Collins. The photo was taken at the front entrance of the Cedarwood apartments. If you know who they are and where they might be, let them know police want to speak with them.
What police have been doing
At a Sunday evening press conference, Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering detailed her efforts to find the missing fourth grader. With help from the BCA, FBI and the Hennepin County sheriff, Crystal police have conducted multiple searches, reviews of surveillance, launched K-9 tracking and held numerous interviews of family, friends and witnesses.
"It's our hope and it is always a possibility that he is with a family member," Chief Revering said. "We're hopeful that turns out to be the case. We're investigating other possible scenarios that he was taken against his will."
Bring ‘Little Edwin' home
Barway, who loved ones call "Little Edwin," was last seen wearing a black jacket, black pants, white shirt, red shoes and a red back pack. A prayer vigil for Barway's safe return was held 5 p.m. outside of the Cedarwood apartment complex in Crystal. About 100 people came to show their support.
"You can have the whole world, but give us Barway," gatherers sang at the vigil. Organizers sang hymns and collected money to help in the ongoing search efforts.
"Know that face. Pay attention to that face," said Allison Feigh, program manager at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. "If you see that face, call 911."
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.
Barway's parents bow heads in prayer for their son