Family pleas for help to find missing boy

August 18, 2009 5:52:05 PM PDT
Family members of a missing disabled child hit the streets of Oakland again, asking for help. Their little one has been missing for more than a week.

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Police are shocked that only a few tips have come in about the disappearance of 5-year-old Hasanni Campbell in the Rockridge neighborhood.

The family members who are leafleting in the neighborhood said they are being sustained by hope and prayer. On Tuesday morning, investigators went to the shoe store and left in an unmarked car with the child's foster father, Louis Ross.

Trinity Schwabacher is Hasanni's aunt. She says somebody in the Rockridge neighborhood must know something.

"I mean this is too crowded a street ? you know, cars like every five minutes. I mean come on man, somebody has got to have seen him," said Schwabacher.

This is why Schwabacher and other family members of the missing 5-year-old mobilized a dozen young volunteers from their church to hand out leaflets.

Pamela Clark is Hasanni's grandmother.

"If I didn't have hope, I couldn't do this, you know. I have hope that he'll be found safe and sound," said Clark.

"They end up finding kids after months, sometimes years so I yes, I do have hope. I pray every day," said volunteer LaShanda Collins.

They started from the shoe store on College Avenue where the boy vanished in the late afternoon a week ago Monday.

Hassani's foster dad, Louis Ross, says he briefly left him at the store's back parking space while he went into the store.

Ross says when he came back, the boy was gone.

"I'm sure somebody just grabbed him in the car and took off," said Clark.

Although police and the FBI have searched several parks, a Hayward wrecking yard and combed the neighborhood, going door to door, Hassani's godmother, Regina Douglas says they're leafleting areas investigators may have missed.

"It was said that about 300 homes did not respond to the door knocking. So we feel that needs to continue," she said.

Mark Gavriel was one of several people we spoke with who said they had never heard of this case.

"I have a Xerox machine in my house. We have to make some flyers now and put them up in Lake Merritt where I live," said Gavriel.

Police said the investigation continues, and there is no new information.

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