As the days drag on, searches are becoming as widespread as theories regarding missing 10-year-old Barway Collins. On Saturday, two separate searches were organized and Barway's father Pierre Collins for the first time in recent weeks came out and took part.
It has been more than 16 tension-filled, often bizarre days since his son was last seen, and day 17 was no different. In what began like an awkward meet and greet, volunteers from across the metro gathered to organize their search.
A man wearing a uniform who everyone called "The Commissioner" showed up to brief searchers on protocol and then, at 4:30, 90 minutes since the first meeting, volunteers began their search.
So far, searches like this have found little more than river trash, but searchers are optimistic they may find that one piece of evidence that leads them to Barway.
Armed with prayer and good intentions, searchers carried sticks and even window scrapers as they scoured for clues. A red piece of cloth was photographed and police were notified. Among those in the group to first spot it was Pierre Collins. Until Saturday, he had been noticeably absent from most searches, and did not offer comment.
According to Crystal police, Collins remains a suspect in his son's disappearance but has not been arrested or charged.
Saturday's search turned up nothing, but searchers said they're holding out hope and will continue to organize more searches, praying something meaningful will lead them in the right direction.
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