If he made a show of driving the van around looking for the boys, why didn’t at least one of them run around outside. Taking the van out tells me he was aware someone may have recording capability so he’d have to be seen looking for the boys. Did he ask the wife to check around the house while he was gone? Did she ignore that request? Or, maybe that didn’t occur to them. So, after calling 911, he got in the van and left, hoping that LE would get to the house before he got back. Then he could return to the house and breathlessly tell LE he’s been out looking. I guess my point is that they did a lousy job of “searching”, even if it was just for appearances.