ID ID - Michael “Monkey” Vaughan, 5, Fruitland, 27 Jul 2021 *MEDIA, MAPS, TIMELINE* No Discussion

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    FRUITLAND — Fruitland Police Department will only release new information or comments regarding the case of a missing 5-year-old "all at once" to media throughout the region. That was the response this morning from an official at his office when the newspaper reached out to find out an update on the search efforts for Michael "Monkey" Joseph Vaughan, who has been missing since July 27.

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    New statement by the Fruitland Police Department in regard to missing five-year-old Michael Joseph Vaughan.

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    BOISE, Idaho (CBS2) —

    It has now been six days since five-year-old Michael Joseph Vaughan has been missing.

    JD Huff the chief of police for the Fruitland Police Department released a statement this evening saying that as of today additional searches are being conducted by law enforcement and fire personnel using areal, marine, and land in the area's Michael was seen last.

    "This search is painstaking and methodical, but all the details matter." said Chief Huff. "This little boy is a member of our community and we're grateful for all those who've come together to do all we can to find him."

    The search continues for missing Fruitland boy
     
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    Tuesday will mark one week since a five-year-old Michael Vaughan disappeared in Fruitland.

    Right now police aren't saying much. The Fruitland PD is in its sixth day of searching for Vaughan, he's considered missing and endangered.

    Some people in Fruitland have an even bleaker view.

    "It's not pointless, obviously. But you can only do so much for so long," Melissa Lincoln, a childcare provider, said.

    Although hope for a positive outcome to this case is dwindling among some, signs are being placed around Vaughan's neighborhood urging people to turn on blue lights, a way to call attention to his missing status.

    And keeping Vaughan's profile high will be important.

    Authorities are still using dogs to search the streets around Vaughan's home, hoping to pick up his sent. Progress is slow, and stress is building on the family.

    "It's gonna suck," Lincoln said. "It's gonna be a long, tiring process, but I hope you get the answers you're wanting."

    Fruitland police say they're giving extra attention to the areas where Vaughan was last seen, namely Southwest 9th Street and Arizona Avenue.
    Fruitland businesses on search for missing boy: 'It's rough'

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    The boy’s family has been “fully cooperative” in the investigation, police said.

    Last week, police asked any potential witnesses who may have been in the area of Southwest 9th Street and Arizona Avenue in Fruitland to come forward, even if they do not believe they saw anything.

    Investigators also asked that people who live in the immediate area where Michael was last seen to “thoroughly search” their property.

    The Fruitland Police Department assured the public Tuesday that the search for Michael was still ongoing.

    “Our search efforts are still ongoing and extensive,” a post on the department’s Facebook page read. “Our main focus is to locate Michael.”

    Police reminded volunteers engaged in their own personal searches to respect citizens’ right to deny entry to their property and to not walk through cultivated fields without the property owner’s permission.
    https://1430wcmy.com/2021/08/03/ida...ndangered-5-year-old-missing-since-last-week/
     
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    Mom spoke first, Dad said the last line

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    not i just want to thank the community
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    and
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    all the enforcement agencies that have
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    been
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    continuously tirelessly looking for him
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    and
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    anybody that has any information please
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    contact the fruitland pd
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    we just want our monkey home we just
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    miss our baby and we want him home
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    anything helps anything
     
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    "Michael was listed on the National Crime Information Center as a missing person the first night he went missing, according to information newly received by the newspaper from ISP's Missing Person's Clearinghouse."

    'We just miss our baby and we want him home'
     
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    Courtesy @Vae Victus
    transcript that the Fruitland PD posted on their FB page a few hours ago.

    "Prepared comments from Fruitland Chief of Police JD Huff, presented at a Press Briefing, 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

    Introductions: Captain Matt Sly Idaho State Police, Chief Jon Plaza Payette Police Department, Payette County Sheriff Andy Creech, Chief Jerry Campbell Fruitland Fire Department, Ron Christensen Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue.

    Michael’s family is not here with us, but our thoughts are with them and we ask you to respect their privacy at this very difficult time.

    To begin, we are just beyond the one week mark in our search for our missing and endangered 5-year-old Michael Joseph Vaughan. I have to tell you that I spent my entire childhood in the neighborhood where Michael went missing. My children are growing up here. My law enforcement partners are mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, or friends of children just like Michael. We are all in and we are committed to finding Michael.

    As you know, Michael was last seen near his residence on SW 9th St. at approximately 6:30 pm on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The first missing and endangered child alert went out at 8:20 pm with four different alerts to email, phone calls and texts messages being issued to area residents until 11:20 pm that night. Michael’s image and information went out to a nationwide law enforcement database known as NCIC (National Crime Information Center).

    Since the time of notification, the Fruitland Police Department, FBI, Idaho State Police, with assistance from the Boise Police Department and 13 different Idaho law enforcement Agencies conducted complete and methodical and thorough searches.

    That search has included nearly 200 residential homes and properties and interviews with all of the residents.

    5-year-olds can get into things. We have looked through nearly 200 garbage cans, drained canals and irrigation ditches, and pumped a septic tank in the area that had a make-shift 2x6 wooden lid. We have gathered over 60 different video files from residential and business security cameras and are combing through that data as we speak.

    To date, we have received 163 tips. All have been assigned to investigators for follow-up. Many have already been cleared. Others are being worked on as we speak.

    We have conservatively estimated the number of man-hours from law enforcement agencies only to be in the 2,500-hour range. That doesn’t include our fire, EMS, search and rescue partners, or the hours put in by volunteers from our community.

    I have never seen a police presence like this before and on behalf of Michael’s family and the citizens of the City of Fruitland, I sincerely extend our thanks to all of the Chiefs and Sheriffs who have come to our aid providing manpower and resources over the last week and in the weeks to come. I would also like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to our friends and residents in the primary search area of SW8th St., SW9th St., Crestview Subdivision, Hidden Meadows Subdivision, and the Three River’s Way Subdivision. Your patience with our investigation doesn’t go unnoticed. We have been through your homes and in some instances several times. I truly appreciate your help.

    Our search and rescue efforts include the assistance of our citizens from the night Michael went missing to the present. I thank you and ask you to continue to search your property as, again, 5-year-olds are crafty and can get into small places.

    Since notification, we have conducted an exhaustive ground search employing the Idaho Fish and Game, Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue Team, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, both Fruitland and Sand Hollow Fire Departments, and a coordinated search effort by citizens.

    We have methodically and thoroughly searched over 3000 acres of farm ground with multiple certified canine teams.

    We have searched 29 miles of riverbank using private fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, sophisticated drones, boats, boats with canines, kayaks, and paragliders.

    I’m unsure of the number of man-hours involved in this effort, but I’m sure it would mirror the investigative effort.

    Drone flights will continue, along with river bank searches by boat.

    This morning, the search continued into the area below SW8th St. where some heavy foliage was removed and a specialized canine deployed.

    In the near future, we have a dive team scheduled to search ponds in the slew area near the SW 8th St.

    Our intensive search and rescue efforts will continue as long as we have resources available.

    We know people in this community and elsewhere are concerned about Michael. We will continue to issue updates as best we can and as the investigation allows.

    To our local media, thank you for working with us. It’s difficult to respond to every individual inquiry. We will try to address your questions in the updates we issue, and we appreciate your patience.

    Please understand, we cannot detail the nature of some of the information we’ve received or are looking into. We do not want to release anything that could jeopardize our ability to find Michael.

    What I can say is we have not eliminated any possibility.

    Social media can be a great tool, but sadly, can also be a hindrance to sharing accurate information. If there is a development in this case, I will notify you. If the information on Facebook or any social media doesn’t come from me or the Fruitland Police Department, you need to consider it suspect. Rumors, speculation, and innuendo complicate our investigative efforts. We really appreciate the community’s support in this.

    Back to NCIC. Michael’s information as an endangered Missing Child was entered into NCIC (National Crime Information Center) database as soon as possible after he was reported missing. That means if Michael is found by law enforcement anywhere in the country, he’ll be identified and we’ll be notified.

    What can people do?

    If you live in the immediate area, please thoroughly search your property, if you’ve looked once look again. Look in all outbuildings and vehicles. Walk fence lines. We also ask residents to review any security camera footage for any sign of a small child in the area. We continue to say this, but children move around and wander, they may have traveled back into your yard without your knowledge.

    If you know something, perhaps you’ve been unsure, even afraid to reach out to us and share it, we’re here, we want to listen to what you have to say.

    We are very grateful for the public’s assistance and again, we’re following up on each lead we receive. Our Investigators are laser-focused and morale is good. We support each other. We are committed to finding Michael and will leave no stone unturned.

    We also want to emphasize Michael/MJ’s family continues to be fully cooperative with law enforcement. We ask the community to be respectful of their privacy.

    Michael was last seen wearing a light blue Minecraft t-shirt, dark blue or black boxer briefs with a green stripe, and child’s size 11, blue flip flops. He stands 43 inches tall, is 50 lbs., with blonde hair and blue eyes. He answers to the nickname “Monkey.” If you see Michael/MJ or have information, please call the Payette County Sheriff’s Office at 208-642-6006 Ext 0.

    Additional comments from Chief Huff given at the press briefing in response to reporter's questions:

    We’ve employed a dive team to come in soon. The reason why we’re doing that is because we have a lot of resources available to us. While we’re not sure what happened, we’re going to use every resource available. They’re going to be at the end of SW 8th Street down by the Snake River and the slew area.

    A few private individuals have contacted me about a reward. That will be coming.

    For people from outside the immediate Fruitland area who want to help, they need to take a look at our flyers and stay vigilant. That’s the best thing they can do for us. We’ve got a lot of support in this community and everybody wants to help. We’re all emotionally tied to this and we appreciate that. Our primary goal, the number one goal we all have is to find Michael and bring him home.

    I want to just thank our community. In the last seven days, our community partners, business owners have donated countless amounts of food and drink to our search effort and I just want to throw it out there to them that they’ve been wonderful, their support has been great, just a sincere thank you.

    The intense heat has been a problem, especially with the canines. They’re tough but they can only go so long before those dogs need a break. I’d say the same thing for our searchers. They’re out there slugging it out in the field, sometimes through the mud, doing what they do. I can’t say enough for them, they’re super tough.

    After the heavy rain the other day, it was also a major concern with the scent tracking dogs. We will continue to deploy them as long as they’re available to us.

    This search and investigative effort is a day-by-day situation. As long as I have the resources available to me, we’ll put them to work.

    Thank you."

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    The police chief also asked people who live in the largely agricultural area to search their own properties by walking fence lines, checking vehicles and any place a child could get into.

    “Children move around and they wander. They may have traveled back into your yard without your knowledge,” Huff said, encouraging anyone with information to come forward.

    He added: “Maybe you are even afraid to reach out to us. We are here, we want to listen to what you have to say.”
    Young Idaho boy still missing despite exhaustive search - KXLY

    Young Idaho boy still missing despite exhaustive search - East Idaho News
     
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    7E28405E-D6C4-4E61-93C8-299B9DD96FC3.jpeg View attachment 307682
    This photo of Michael "Monkey" Joseph Vaughan was said to have been taken about a month prior to when he was last seen on July 2 near his home.
    Police release more recent photo of missing boy from Fruitland


    This morning, the search continued in an area below Southwest Eighth Street, where heavy foliage was removed and a specialty K-9 unit was deployed. In the near future, a dive team has been scheduled to come in and search a pond in the sloughs in that area.

    As no scenario has been ruled out, Huff said Fruitland Police Department will continue to use all available outside resources, such as the dive team, as long as they are available, commenting that it is on a day by day basis at this time.

    Recent high temperatures and heavy rains have hampered K-9's, especially scent K-9's, Huff said.

    "After heavy rain the other day, that was one of our major concerns," he said.

    This morning, the search continued in an area below Southwest Eighth Street, where heavy foliage was removed and a specialty K-9 unit was deployed. In the near future, a dive team has been scheduled to come in and search a pond in the sloughs in that area.

    As no scenario has been ruled out, Huff said Fruitland Police Department will continue to use all available outside resources, such as the dive team, as long as they are available, commenting that it is on a day by day basis at this time.

    Recent high temperatures and heavy rains have hampered K-9's, especially scent K-9's, Huff said.

    "After heavy rain the other day, that was one of our major concerns," he said.

    teams or community volunteers, Huff said it is estimated that law enforcement agencies altogether have spent 2,500 man hours on the search.

    "I have never seen a police presence like this," the chief said, extending his "heartfelt appreciation" to all involved, including residents in search areas.

    "What I'd like you to do is search the immediate area. Look once. Look again," he said, adding that this should include outbuildings, vehicles, fence-lines any video footage.

    As far as a reward for information leading to Michael's return, Huff indicated that something is in the works, as private individuals have been in contact with him about that.
    Police comb more than 200 homes and trash cans in search for missing boy
     
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    The city of Fruitland added a section for Michael on their website.

    "The webpage regarding the search for Michael was put together by people with the city and the Fruitland Police Department, according to an email today from Lynn Hightower, spokeswoman for the Idaho State Police, who is assisting Chief JD Huff and his department with communications. The website is available at Find Michael Vaughan - City of Fruitland Idaho.

    The sited details a new way for people to provide tips regarding Michael’s case, which includes an email address, findmichael@fruitland.org, as well as a link to Idaho’s Crime Stoppers page, which has various ways for people to report anonymous tips.

    Any significant updates will be posted on that webpage, as soon as possible.

    The webpage also includes a downloadable poster that people can print it, hang it up and share it freely."

    Community sets up webpage for missing boy
     
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    The fundraiser will include a raffle in which people can win a prize from one out of the fifty businesses that are participating, or they can head to Platinum Studio on August 16 and receive a haircut with each donation made.

    People have bought raffle tickets without even knowing what’s in the raffle you know, or just donated money and said we don’t need raffle tickets we just want to get this money into the family’s hands and just let them know that they are supported,” said May.

    So far, the raffle has raised $3,500 for Michael’s family which will go directly to the bank account that has been opened for them at the Washington Federal Bank in Payette.
    Local business helps raise money for missing boy's family

    The city takes its name from the apple orchards that surround it.

    Mayor Brian Howell of Fruitland stated that investigators are “working just as hard right now as they were when he was initially missing.”
    The disappearance of a 5-year-old Idaho boy has shocked the small town of Fruitland. | The Washington Newsday

    Mayor Brian Howell said residents had "never seen anything like this" in Fruitland.

    The town, though not agricultural itself, is surrounded by farmland, part of largely rural Payette County.

    Restaurants have donated food to search parties and authorities, and some owners have closed for a few hours in the day to walk the fields around the town. Some residents have conducted their own investigations, against police wishes.

    N* and T* Vaughan, Michael's father, declined to be interviewed.
    Town galvanized in desperate search for missing boy, 5
     
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