The father of Barway Collins is now being treated as a suspect in the 10-year-old boy's disappearance, and police said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon they are also seeking a man the boy referred to as "his uncle."
Crystal police officials have released video footage of Collins getting off a school bus near the Cedarwood apartment complex in Crystal last Wednesday – where he was last seen.
The footage shows the boy saying, "there's my dad" and "oh, my uncle's here."
Crystal Police Chief Stephanie Revering told reporters, "We have reason to believe that Barway's father has not been completely truthful."
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Police have previously said they believe the boy is with someone he knows. His father is now being treated as a suspect but is not in custody, while officers have issued an appeal for information in locating the boy's uncle.
FOX 9 reports the boy's father had taken a lie detector test and that investigators don't believe he's been completely truthful with police.
But the boy's father told KARE 11 that he does not know where his son is, and is confused as to why the police believe he is lying.
"I would never do that to my son," he said.
Collins, a fourth grader, was last seen after school on Wednesday afternoon near the apartment building in the 5400 block of Douglas Drive North.
Surveillance video from the Cedarwood apartment complex showed Collins walking up to the vestibule of the apartment building but then turning around and walking away.
He is approximately 5 feet tall and 80 pounds. He was wearing a white t-shirt, black pants and carrying a red and gray backpack.
The boy's father also said he doesn't know the person that Barway called his uncle. He told KARE 11 that in the Liberian culture, "uncle" can also describe an older adult or friend.
He also said he wasn't the parking lot, but inside his apartment when his son got off the bus.
KARE 11 reports that a $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of whoever is responsible for the boy's disappearance.
On Sunday, police released this image of two more people it wants to speak to who may have information about the boy prior to his disappearance.
Anyone who may know who Barway is referring to as his uncle are asked to call 911 or Hennepin Dispatch at 952-258-5321.