OAKLAND, Calif., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- An Oakland man says he remains "hopeful" his son, missing since August 2009 and just one of about 2,000 children reported missing every day, will be found.
Like so many of the parents, grandparents, friends and community members holding out hope that a missing child will be brought home someday, Ronald Hughes refused to give up hope, The Oakland (Calif.) Tribune reported Monday.
His 5-year-old child, Hasanni, born with cerebral palsy, was in the care of his foster father Louis Ross when he disappeared from inside of Ross's BMW in August 2009.
Ross allegedly left the child alone in a back driveway then went to the front of Shuz of Rockridge in Oakland to tell his girlfriend, Jennifer Campbell, the boy's aunt and then-foster mother, he was there to drop off Hasanni, the newspaper said.
Hasanni was missing when he returned to the car, Ross told police.
"My thoughts are that (Hasanni) was kidnapped and I still have hope of finding him. I know somebody knows something," said the boy's grandmother, Pamela Clarke.
Ross and Campbell were arrested on suspicion of killing the child about three weeks after the incident but released because of lack of evidence even though Ross failed an FBI polygraph test.
"They never called and said, 'I apologize.' They never stopped by and gave me a hug. I guess in time. If it's fear, then it's fear," Hughes said.
The investigation is ongoing and police say they plan to conduct another search for the child, the Tribune said.