STILL MISSING: 10-year-old Barway Collins of Crystal, Minn.

The Crystal Police Department needs your help finding a 10-year-old boy missing since Wednesday afternoon. Barway Collins was dropped off by the bus after school on March 18, but never made it inside his apartment on the 5400 block of Douglas Drive North.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, police held another news conference to make another plea for the public's help in finding Barway. Police said they believe the boy is with someone he knows and that he is safe. However, they do not know who he's with, or where he is. Surveillance video from the Cedarwood apartment complex shows Barway walking toward his parents' home before turning around, but why her change direction and where he was going is unclear.

Pierre Collins called police Wednesday night, several hours after Barway was expected home.

"Even if he plays with somebody next door, he will always ask us before he goes there," Collins said. "He knows the rules and he's always abided by the rules."

Barway is known around the apartment complex, and everyone seems to characterize him as sweet, polite, friendly and a good boy.

"He's funny, he always asks if there's popcorn," neighbor Satin Kirk said. "He's a very strong boy. He's a helpful person."

The family has only lived in their Crystal apartment since December, after moving from Brooklyn Center when they lost everything in a fire. They don't know many people yet in Crystal, but say they have no enemies.

"We're very worried," Collins said. "We're hoping someone's keeping Barway. Just release him. Barway is a nice boy. We don't do any harm to anybody. Just release him, let him come home safely. We miss him."

Police say they're following up on every lead they have, but at this point, Barway's dad and stepmom are worried and they just don't believe he's at a friend's house or simply not calling. They are fearing the worst.

Crystal police have ramped up their efforts, calling in the Hennepin County sheriff's office, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and FBI to assist with the investigation.

Have you seen him?

Barway is described as 5 feet tall, 80 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, white t-shirt, black pants, red shoes and was carrying a red backpack.

If you think you have seen Barway or have any information regarding his whereabouts, please contact the Crystal Police Department via Hennepin County Dispatch at 952-258-5321 or dial 911.

Why no AMBER Alert?

The case of Barway Collins doesn't currently meet the criteria to issue an AMBER Alert. The Department of Justice guidelines for issuing an AMBER Alert are:

- Law enforcement must confirm that an abduction has taken place

- The child must be at risk of serious injury or death

- There must be sufficient descriptive information of child, captor, or captor's vehicle to issue an alert

- The child must be 17 years old or younger

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