Po­lice drain tank, find no sign of miss­ing baby

Post-Tribune - - Local / State - BY CHARLES D. WIL­SON

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — Po­lice said they were treat­ing the hunt for a miss­ing In­di­anapo­lis in­fant Fri­day as a searc­hand-res­cue mis­sion, with ef­forts in­clud­ing drain­ing an old un­der­ground cis­tern in a wooded area near where the child dis­ap­peared.

An Am­ber Alert went out for 6-week-old De­lano Wil­son about 9 p.m. Wed­nes­day, some eight hours af­ter 23-year-old Wil­lie Wil­son told po­lice his son had been ab­ducted by a man and woman who knocked him out in an al­ley near his home just west of down­town In­di­anapo­lis. Po­lice have not said they have any rea­son to doubt Wil­son’s state­ments, though they said Fri­day they were “check­ing” his ac­count of what hap­pened.

“We look into ev­ery story, and we run down leads, and we ver­ify facts. That’s what we do,” Po­lice Chief Rick Hite said.

The rat­tle and clang of pass­ing garbage trucks filled the in­dus­trial area ad­ja­cent to the dense woods just off In­ter­state 70 on Fri­day af­ter­noon. Rain fell as searchers scoured the area and po­lice dogs sniffed for any sign of the miss­ing in­fant.

The area is criss­crossed with busy streets, rail­roads and water­ways. Po­lice said CSX had agreed to stop rail traf­fic there dur­ing the search.

In­di­anapo­lis po­lice Sgt. Ken­dale Adams said all that the searchers had found while us­ing a grid pat­tern in the woods so far was trash and the old tank, from which po­lice pumped out some of the wa­ter and searched it with a cam­era but found no signs of the baby.

Adams said po­lice still re­garded the case as a search- and-res­cue op­er­a­tion. About 45 po­lice re­cruits were aid­ing in the search and the FBI is as­sist­ing with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he said.

No leads brought po­lice to the woods, Adams said.

“Ob­vi­ously, be­ing this close to the house, it is just an in­ves­tiga­tive area that we nat­u­rally would search,” he said. “Right now, we’re just hope­ful that we’re able to find this baby, and find him safely.”

Adams es­ti­mated that about 90 per­cent of the neigh­bor­hood where the baby was re­ported miss­ing had been searched as of late Fri­day af­ter­noon.

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Au­thor­i­ties search for 6-week-old De­lano Wil­son in a wooded area along rail­road tracks on the west side of In­di­anapo­lis on Fri­day.

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