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Volunteers continue to hunt for boy

OAKLAND, Calif., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Volunteers in the San Francisco area continue to search for a missing 5-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, while police say they have no new leads.

Sherri-Lyn Miller, who owns a print shop in San Leandro, told the Bay Area News Group she has spent about $1,000 organizing search parties and vigils for Hasanni Campbell of Fremont.

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"It's a 5-year-old out there," Miller said. "He deserves to be found."

Hasanni's foster father, Louis Ross, told police he left the boy Aug. 10 outside the Oakland shoe store where Jennifer Campbell, his aunt and foster mother, works. When he returned a few minutes later, he said, the boy had vanished.

Police later arrested Ross and Campbell, but the charges were dropped by the Alameda County District Attorney for lack of evidence.

The Oakland Police Department says it has stopped searching for Hasanni because investigators have no leads and do not know where to start.

Tena Oakley, manager of a Newark gas station, said she is willing to continue searching haystacks.

"Occasionally, you do get lucky and find the needles," Oakley said. "The police departments don't have the personnel but somebody has got to do it."

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