Search continues for missing 5-year-old Idaho boy who disappeared a week ago

FBI and state authorities search for Idaho boy, 5, who went missing near his home a week ago

  • Michael ‘Monkey’ Joseph Vaughn, 5, disappeared from his home in Fruitland, Idaho, on July 27
  • He is described as 3ft. and 7 inches. tall, weighs about 50 pounds and has blond hair and blue eyes
  • He was also last seen wearing a light blue shirt with a Minecraft graphic, dark blue boxers and blue flip flops in size 11
  • Police have advised witnesses who live near the boy’s home to come forward
  • A press conference was held on July 31 to urge the public to continue searching
  • If you have any further information, please contact the Fruitland Police at 208-642-6006

The desperate hunt for a 5-year-old Idaho boy who had been missing for a week continued without any luck, police said Tuesday.

Michael Joseph Vaughn, aka “Monkey,” disappeared near his home in Fruitland on July 27. The blond-haired boy is four feet tall, has blue eyes and weighs about 50 pounds.

Michael was last seen wearing a light blue Minecraft shirt, dark blue boxers and blue flip flops in size 11.

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The ongoing search for 5-year-old Michael Joseph Vaughn continues after he disappeared from his home in Fruitland, Idaho, on July 27

Michael's mother Brandi Neal spoke at the conference and said, 'Anyone with information please contact Fruitland Police.  We just want our Monkey to be home.  We miss our baby and we want him home.'

Michael’s mother Brandi Neal spoke at the conference and said, ‘Anyone with information please contact Fruitland Police. We just want our Monkey to be home. We miss our baby and we want him home.’

Witnesses are urged to provide information, especially if they have been near Southwest 9th Street and Arizona Avenue

Witnesses are urged to provide information, especially if they have been near Southwest 9th Street and Arizona Avenue

The boy was in an “open field” near his home on Southwest 9th Street and Arizona Avenue about 6:30 p.m. when he went missing, the Idaho Statesman said.

Police in Fruitland, about 85 miles northwest of Boise near the Oregon border, have asked anyone with information to come forward.

‘Anyone who has information, please contact the Fruitland police. We just want our Monkey to be home. We miss our baby and we want him home,” Michael’s distraught mother, Brandi Neal, said at a July 31 news conference.

Tyler Vaughn, Michael’s father, added, “Everything helps. Something.’

It is not clear whether the family is being investigated. Calls to FBI field office in Omaha and police in Fruitland were not returned to DailyMail.com

It is also unclear whether the family has any other children. Fruitland Police Chief JD Huff has asked the public to give the family privacy during this time.

The FBI, Idaho State Police, and other law enforcement agencies are also involved in the investigation

The FBI, Idaho State Police, and other law enforcement agencies are also involved in the investigation

Two irrigation ditches were drained by Rijkswaterstaat Fruitland and the search continued with K9s as well as air, sea and land support

Two irrigation ditches were drained by Rijkswaterstaat Fruitland and the search continued with K9s as well as air, sea and land support

A press conference was held at Fruitland City Hall, attended by Michael's family and Police Chief JD Huff who spoke at the event

A press conference was held at Fruitland City Hall, attended by Michael’s family and Police Chief JD Huff who spoke at the event

The FBI, the Idaho state police and other law enforcement agencies also participated in the investigation.

“If you live in the immediate area, search your property thoroughly, including any outbuildings, vehicles, anything a five-year-old could get in. We also ask that you review any security footage that may be attached to your home,” Huff said.

He also said that two irrigation ditches have been drained by Fruitland’s Public Works Department and that the investigation has continued using K9s and air, sea and land support.

Police have also advised voluntary searches to be cautious about entering certain properties without their permission.

The last update to the search was on the afternoon of July 31 when the Snake River area was surveyed.

If anyone has more information, please contact the Fruitland Police at 208-642-6006.

Michael was last seen wearing a light blue Minecraft shirt, dark blue boxers and blue flip flops in size 11

Michael was last seen wearing a light blue Minecraft shirt, dark blue boxers and blue flip flops in size 11

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