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UPDATE: 11:00 PM EST —
A body tentatively identified as missing 3-year-old Emiliano Terry was found Monday evening in a trash bag at the Waste Management Transfer/Recycling Station in Oakwood, a county official said. Read more at NewsOne by clicking here.
Case Type: Endangered
Date Of Birth: Jan. 1, 2009
Missing Date: Nov 25, 2012
Age Now: 3
Missing City: Cleveland
Missing State: Ohio
Weight: 30 lbs.
Hair Color: Black
Hair Length: Short
Eye Color: Brown
Wear Glasses or Contacts: No
Location Last Seen: He was last seen around 5:05 p.m. Sunday at Kossuth Park at E. 121 and Williams Avenue.
Circumstances of Disappearance: His mother, 20-year-old Camilia T. Terry, said that she was at the park with her children, when she took her eyes off of Emilliano for a moment to tend to another child.
The next thing she knew, Emilliano was missing.
One of the other children, a 5-year-old, said that Emilliano may have gotten in to a black Saab or similar vehicle with someone, but at this time, that detail is yet to be verified.
According to reports, the FBI is now involved in the case.
Watch news coverage of Emilliano’s disappearance here:
Fox 19 Action News reports:
According to police a dog from their K-9 unit [they] did indeed pick up the child’s scent in the park, but the boy was nowhere to be found. They also say the investigation is being handled as a missing persons case.
Officers continue to expand the search radius and other search locations have been added.
The station is also reporting that one of its reporters viewed the original police report, which said foul play was suspected in the case.
Last Seen Wearing: A gray Northface coat, a red and black sweater, blue jeans, and blue and black Champion tennis shoes.
Identifying Marks or Characteristics: Unknown.
Time is of the essence in this case. If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Emilliano N. Terry or any information regarding the circumstances of his disappearance, please contact the Fourth District Detective Bureau at 216-623-5400, or you can call 216-623-5418 or 216-621-1234 or 911. You may also contact the Black and Missing Foundation’s confidential Tip Line.