Evidence suggests Fruitland boy’s disappearance ‘Criminal’

The search for a Fruitland boy more than a year after his disappearance continues, the Fruitland Police Department holding a press conference on Wednesday, Aug. 24 to update the public on the investigation.
 Michael “Monkey” Vaughn was last seen at about 6:30 p.m. on July 27, 2021, in the area of Southwest 9th Street in Fruitland. He was five-years-old at the time of his disappearance, standing approximately 3-feet, 7-inches tall and weighing about 50 pounds. He has blond hair and blue eyes. His sixth birthday was June 24, 2022.
 In July, Fruitland Police confirmed that preliminary evidence suggests Michael’s disappearance is criminal, possibly an abduction, the department collecting and investigating over 1,200 tips.
 “As members of this community, we agonize with the family and have dedicated our resources to bringing Michael home. We believe the continued distribution of this story will generate more attention and tips,” said Fruitland Police Chief JD Huff during last Wednesday’s press conference.
 Kam-Way Transportation, through the Washington State Patrol’s (WSP) “Homeward Bound” program, has placed photos of Michael on two of its tractor-trailers, which left last week on routes across North America. The WSP’s Missing and Unidentified Person Unit collaborates with transportation companies to place photos of missing persons on big rigs traveling across the U.S. and Canada in hopes of generating more attention and tips regarding specific cases.
 “We thank Kam-Way Transportation, the WSP, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for considering Michael Vaughn to be part of the Homeward Bound program,” said Tanea Parmenter, Missing Persons Clearinghouse Manager with the Idaho State Police. “Just one key piece of information can help push this investigation forward so we can bring Michael home to his family.”


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