8 year old Robert Manwill has been missing since Friday, July 24, 2009 in Boise, Idaho. Robert Grant Manwill was last seen at home leaving his apartment complex at approximately 9:30 pm in the 2800 block of West Cherry Lane. Boise Police believe the boy may have been headed to a party at an unknown friends’ house when he left.
Robert Manwill Description:
- 4 feet, 2 inches tall
- about 50 pounds
- wearing blue jeans, black shoes, and either a brown shirt with the words, “Andy don’t need no Mic” or a blue shirt with a superman symbol on the front
Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue were called in Saturday morning. Five dogs are searching the area that includes two large canals and the Boise apartment complex where Robert lives near Vista Avenue.
Chris Harry, operations leader with the search and rescue team said the dogs turned up no trace of Robert Saturday afternoon.
20 FBI agents are in the area, and more could be on the way at a moment’s notice to help find Manwill.
“We’re leaving no stone unturned in that investigation,” Kerns said. “We’re looking at all of the potential leads. We’re looking at all possibilities in our attempt to find out what’s happened to Robert.”
Anyone who believes they have seen Manwill is asked to call Ada County Dispatch at 377-6790.
If anyone has any information, tips or leads regarding Robert Manwill’s whereabouts can either:
* Call the tip line: 570-6457
* Call Crime Stoppers: 343-COPS
* E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPDATE I: According to Idaho State Police web site there are 72 registered sex offenders within 1 mile of the boys residence. 222 registered sex offenders within 3 miles and 441 registered sex offenders within a 5 mile radius.
See map of area 8 year old Robert Manwill went missing HERE.
UPDATE II: Boise man’s home searched in Manwill disappearance (Video)
Authorities searched the home and blue Suburban of Evan Wallis after bloodhounds picked up a scent on his Suburban. Wallis says he welcomes authorities to search his yard and house as he has three boys of his own. Wallis also states that his Suburban “was stolen on July 22, just two days before Robert disappeared. Then it turned back up on Monday and Wallis notified the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.”
Wallis says police searched his home after bloodhounds picked up a scent on his Suburban. He says his truck was stolen on July 22, just two days before Robert disappeared. Then it turned back up on Monday and Wallis notified the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.
For the first time, Boise Police admit missing 8-year-old boy Robert Manwill’s disappearance is suspicious. At a press conference Friday afternoon, Deputy Chief Jim Kerns revealed police found evidence to indicate Robert may be injured or the victim of a tragic event. Police would not say what evidence they found.
Also Friday, a crime scene van was seen at the Ada County Landfill. A portion of the landfill was marked off with crime scene tape. Boise Police will not confirm or deny if the crime scene van is related to the search for Robert Manwill.
UPDATE IV: Landfill Searched as Thousands Look for Missing Idaho Boy (8/1/09)
Officers roped off an area of the Hidden Hollow Landfill to weed through garbage dumped the day after Robert vanished, the Idaho Statesman said.
Thousands of volunteers helped look for Robert Friday night, one week after he disappeared. Boise police said more than 2,300 searchers combed the city in an effort to find the child.
“Our leads are narrowing and becoming more specific,” Kerns said Saturday. “The Southdale residence became an area of interest due to a developing lead in the investigation – that location is one of many areas of interest.”
Sadly a body matching the description of 8 year old Robert Manwill has been found in a canal. However, the police cannot positively ID the body without an autopsy. According to reports, the body matches the size and age of Robert Manwill.
The Ada County Sheriff’s Office has found the body of a young male in the New York Canal in Boise. It was found near Deer Flat Road and South Cloverdale. That canal flows near where eight-year old Robert Manwill went missing ten days ago.
However, the body cannot be identified as Robert. Until an autopsy is performed Tuesday, we will not know the identity of the body. Police have indicated at Monday afternoon’s press conference that the description of the body is similar to that of Robert.
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