Wisconsin Toddler’s Missing Case: Police Seek Public Review of CCTV Footage for ‘Vehicle of Interest’

Two weeks after a 3-year-old Wisconsin boy went missing, law enforcement is requesting households and businesses to review security footage for a vehicle of interest so they may follow its travels back to the day the youngster went missing, authorities said Tuesday.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Manitowoc County, Elijah Vue was last seen on February 20 in the city of Two Rivers while being watched by Jesse Vang, a guy who was dating the boy’s mother, Katrina Baur.

According to the complaint, Vang informed police that when he awoke from a nap at home, Elijah was gone, and the child was not present.

Approximately a week after his abduction, Baur, 31, and Vang, 39, were charged with criminal child neglect. Baur was additionally charged with felony chronic child maltreatment in an amended complaint filed Thursday and obtained by CNN affiliate WLUK. CNN has reached out to Baur and Vang’s attorneys for comment.

Police in Two Rivers encouraged the public on Tuesday to contribute camera footage of a 1997 four-door Nissan Altima in beige with Wisconsin registration beginning with “A” and ending with “0,” according to the police department.

Wisconsin Toddler's Missing Case Police Seek Public Review of CCTV Footage for ‘Vehicle of Interest’

Authorities are currently in custody of the vehicle, and “Jesse Vang and Katrina Baur are not the owners of the vehicle,” according to a police news release issued on Tuesday.

Police added that their “interest is not with the current owner of the vehicle, only in the camera footage captured on February 19, 2024, between the hours of 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM.”

On Tuesday, law enforcement officers from across Wisconsin, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Division of Criminal Investigation, and Department of Natural Resources, searched rural regions in Manitowoc County, according to the release.

“A child missing for any amount of time is everyone’s worst nightmare,” Two Rivers Police Chief Ben Meinnert said at a press conference last week.

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An Amber Alert has been issued for the toddler, who has dark blond hair and brown eyes, according to authorities. He was last seen wearing gray slacks, a long-sleeved dark shirt, red and green dinosaur shoes, and perhaps holding a red and white plaid blanket.

The prize for information leading to the child’s discovery or the arrest of those guilty of his disappearance has been increased to $25,000, according to the police department.

“We stand before you today with heavy hearts burdened by an unimaginable situation. The pain is indescribable, a torment no family or child should ever face,” Elijah’s aunt Linda Vue said during a press conference last week. “We cannot express the depth of our sorrow, nor the desperation that consumes us as each moment passes without news of Elijah’s safety.”

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