The Crystal Police Department has named the father of missing fourth grader Barway Collins a suspect in the 10-year-old boy's disappearance.
Barway was last seen on Wednesday, March 18 after exiting his school transportation van near the Cedarwood Apartments on the 5400 block of Douglas Drive North. Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering said Pierre Collins saw Barway when he got out of the van. Surveillance video shows Barway looking out the window, saying, "There's my dad" and, "Oh, my uncle's here."
Collins continues to defend his name and contends he had nothing to do with his son's disappearance. He also said doesn't know who the uncle is that his son references in the video released by police.
Anybody who may know who Barway is referring to as his uncle is asked to call 911 or Hennepin County Dispatch at 952-258-5321.
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"I would never do that do my son. Where we come from, our African culture, we don't do that to children, we protect them until they grow and they go on their own," he said.
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.
Barway Collins 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.