Police are focusing attention on family members in the disappearance of 10-year-old Barway Collins, who was last seen almost a week ago.
At a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering said a family member has not been entirely cooperative in the search for the boy. Police have not arrested that individual.
Revering said as Barway approached his home in the 5400 block of Douglas Drive North, he was called over to the apartment building's parking area, according to surveillance video. Police said the boy got off his school bus saying, "there is my uncle."
Revering said the uncle, who may be blood-related or a close family friend, is not a suspect at this time.
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The boy's father reported Barway missing about 4:30 p.m. last Wednesday.
Revering said the boy's mother is believed to be living in Liberia and it is possible someone took him there.
The Crystal Police Department has called in the FBI and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to help with the search.
The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension describes Barway Collins as African-American, 5 feet tall and weighing 80 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, white T-shirt, black pants, red shoes and carrying a red backpack.
The Crystal Crime Prevention Board is offering a $1,000 reward for information, according to the Facebook page "Find Barway Collins."
Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Crystal Police Department at 952-258-5321.