Police frustrated in search for kidnapped Nev. boy

By: AP
By: AP

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A nationwide search was under way Friday for a 6-year-old boy kidnapped by two men posing as police officers who tied up his mother and her boyfriend, police said.

An nationwide Amber Alert was issued Thursday for Cole Puffinburger, but authorities said it had led to few solid leads.

"We've had a lot of tips," Las Vegas police Officer Bill Cassell said. "The frustrating thing is we have nothing new at this point."

Authorities said the boy's kidnapping from his home several miles northeast of downtown Wednesday morning was connected to a drug deal involving the child's family members.

Las Vegas Police Capt. Vincent Cannito said "significant money and drugs" were involved and the home was ransacked.

"This child witnessed that. This child was ripped from the home," he said.

Cannito would not say whether the family had been contacted about paying a ransom.

The boy is described as 3 feet 11 and 48 pounds, with blond hair, blue eyes and silver-framed glasses. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, tennis shoes, a black shirt, and a black zip-up sweat shirt with white, black and blue stars.

Authorities said that the two men posing as police were Hispanic and that a third man was also believed to be involved.

One suspect is described as having black, shoulder-length, slicked-back hair. The man, in his early 30s, is about 5 feet 7 and 150 pounds and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.


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