Vigil marks sixth month of search for boy

OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Six months after a young California boy disappeared, 20 people gathered for a candlelight vigil intent on keeping the search for him alive.

Hasanni Campbell of Fremont, who is 6 if he is still alive, disappeared in Oakland outside a shoe store. His foster father, Louis Ross, told police he left the boy briefly while he went to talk to his partner, Jennifer Campbell, who was also the boy's foster mother and aunt.


The Citizens for the Lost organized Wednesday's vigil at the Oakland Police Department, the Oakland Tribune reported. The group has organized volunteer searches for Hasanni.

"It's really enlightening to see you all here," said Courtney Tascoe-Burris, one of the founders of the group. "All of us are here for a common purpose, because of a little boy lost."

Tascoe-Burris's father, John Burris, briefly served as legal advisers to Jennifer Campbell and Ross. Oakland police arrested the couple in late August, but they were released because the Alameda County District Attorney would not file charges.

Jeff Thomason, an Oakland police spokesman, said the investigation remains alive.


Ross and Campbell have broken up. Investigators say Ross has moved away, while Campbell's mother said she does not know where she is.

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