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Knife found near Barway Collins' body, warrant reveals

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Police discovered a knife on the ground just a few yards from where the body of 10-year-old Barway Collins was found in the Mississippi River in Brooklyn Center, according to a search warrant filed last week.

The Star Tribune reports the knife was silver and had a patterned handle. It was found within 15 yards of where Barway's body was pulled out of the river on April 11.

The boy's father Pierre Collins, 33, is charged with second-degree murder and remains in the Hennepin County jail on $2 million bail.

Barway Collins had been missing for three weeks before searchers found him in the river. Police say his feet and torso were bound with duct tape.

Officials have not released any information indicating the cause of his death, although they say he died as a result of homicide.

Police conducted a search of the Collins family apartment in Crystal two days after the boy's body was found, KSTP reports. They were looking for knives similar to the one found near the river as well as duct tape, according to the search warrant.

They found six knives, at least three of which had silver blades; two plastic air conditioner covers that had duct tape on them; and a red towel with “plant material on it,” according to the warrant.

In addition, investigators took Pierre Collins' passport, cellphone, computer, and several pieces of mail.

Police say they have video and cellphone tracking evidence that shows on March 18, the day Barway disappeared, Pierre Collins twice went to the same area of the Mississippi River where the boy’s body was later found.

Officials have not stated a motive for the crime, but evidence shows that Pierre Collins was in financial trouble and had recently inquired about increasing the value of a life insurance policy he had purchased for Barway.

Pierre Collins has denied any involvement in Barway’s disappearance or death, according to police.

His next court date is May 14.

Authorities have said they hope to present evidence to a grand jury for possible first-degree murder charges.

Barway’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shiloh Temple in north Minneapolis, Pastor Harding Smith, the family’s spokesman, said Tuesday.

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