Barway Collins was last seen leaving a school transportation van March 18.
A surveillance video released by Crystal police yesterday shows 10-year-old Collins telling a friend "there's my dad" and shortly after he says, "oh, my uncle's here" while unbuckling his seat belt.
According to police, surveillance video at the Cedarwood apartment building Collins lives in shows him walk up to the building, but before entering he's called away to the parking lot. Police say these two people may have witnessed Collins getting dropped off.
At a Monday night vigil Collins's father, Pierre, urged people to keep looking for his son.
"We miss Barway," he said, according to the Star Tribune. "Barway has been gone for a very long time now. We are begging and asking everyone to look out there."
But yesterday Crystal police said Pierre is a suspect in Barway's disappearance, having failed a lie detector test.
"We have reason to believe that Barway's father has not been completely truthful," said Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering during a press conference. She added they don't believe Barway was abducted by a stranger.
Pierre has not been arrested.
When Fox 9 asked Pierre about being named a suspect he defended himself, saying "I would never do that do my son. Where we come from, our African culture, we don't do that to children, we protect them until they grow and they go on their own."
Police aren't sure if Barway was referring to a biological uncle or a family friend when he said "there's my uncle" in the school van surveillance video. His biological mother lives in Liberia, but law enforcement has been monitoring flights to the country and Barway has not been on any.
If anyone has any information about Barway's disappearance, please call Crystal police at 952-258-5321. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest or conviction of someone involved in his disappearance.
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