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Police seeking 'people of interest' in missing boy case

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Police in Crystal have released a photo of two people they would like to talk to in connection with the disappearance of a 10-year-old boy last week.

Police chief Stephanie Revering released the photo at a Sunday afternoon news conference. They were photographed in the lobby of the apartment building where Barway Collins was last seen on Wednesday, KARE 11 reports.

Revering asked for the public’s help in identifying the man and woman. She did not call them suspects and said they are “not necessarily related to the case,” but said police would like to talk with them, according to the Sun Post.

Police have said they believe Collins is with someone he knows and that he is safe, although at Sunday's news conference, Revering said they are also investigating scenarios in which he was taken against his will, the Sun Post reports.

Collins, a fourth grader, was last seen after school on Wednesday afternoon near his apartment building in the 5400 block of Douglas Drive North.

Surveillance video from the Cedarwood apartment complex shows Collins walking up to the vestibule of the apartment building but then turning around and walking away. Why he changed direction or where he was going is unclear.

Collins is described as 5 feet tall and 80 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a black jacket, white t-shirt, black pants and red shoes when he was last seen, and was carrying a red backpack.

Volunteers spent the weekend handing out flyers with Collins' picture, hoping someone in the area may have seen him, KARE 11 reports.

A prayer vigil for Collins and his family is scheduled for Monday at 5 p.m. outside the Cedarwood Apartments, according to the station.

Anyone with information on the child’s whereabouts is urged to call the Crystal Police Department via Hennepin County Dispatch at 952-258-5321 or dial 911.

More information is posted on the "Find Barway Collins" Facebook page.

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