Not too many people even knew that a 6-year-old boy went missing from Louisiana, until his custodial family came forward and talked to the media on Sunday.
The news of his disappearance began very slowly on Friday with very little information coming out about the disappearance of Matthew Edwin Monie from Shreveport. The police posted for the public to find more information on a website but no information about Matthew could be found there.
Social media was growing more and more concerned and confused at the lack of information especially because of his young age. All that was known on Friday was Matthew was on the front yard of his home on the 9000 block of Lone Oak Drive and the next he was gone.
Even a photo was posted by a citizen that lived in the area showing no police presence on the street where Matthew lived.
By Saturday a little more information came out that stated that Matthew may be with someone he knew, but that was all. Frustration increased and posts on Facebook expressed it.
Then on Sunday, Shane Rogers talked to KTBS and explained enough of what was going on to help the public understand, although it did not explain why the police were so quiet. According to Rogers, he "was granted custody of Matthew this year, but has know Matthew since he was two."
"Matthew was playing outside. I was working on my truck. I finished my truck, went to put supper out, came back out ten minutes later and he was gone," Rogers told KTBS. "His father was over here a couple of weeks ago and tried to get him," he continued. "The police showed him the documents. They told him to go to court. He went to the police department yesterday morning. They denied to come over and get him. The investigator that was out here yesterday got in touch with the officer he spoke to at the window and said he was very irate and made the comment that he would take care of it," Rogers said. "That was at 3:30 PM, when the evening shift came on. So, I'm pretty confident he came over here and was sitting waiting for me to go inside."
A post on Facebook by Chrissie Purcell read, "I did get an update from the aunt that he still hasn't been found but have some leads. And those explaining above are correct on why no Amber Alert. The system is wrong but non the less. If the father has him...please bring him home."
There has been talk of an Amber Alert being released on Monday, but Matthew's case is still lacking criteria that would justify its use, which is:
- Law enforcement must confirm that an abduction has taken place.
- The child must be at risk of serious injury or death.
- There must be sufficient descriptive information of child, captor, or captor's vehicle to issue an alert.
- The child must be under 18 years of age
Regardless, this does not stop the police to ask the public to keep a look out for Matthew nor does it stop the media from writing a story or circulating his photo, but without any information from the police, media, as well as advocates have been reluctant to share his photo without a clear understanding whether he is missing or not.
Matthew has brown hair and brown eyes and was wearing his school uniform which is a red polo shirt with khaki pants and blue and yellow tennis shoes. If you see him, please call the Shreveport-Caddo Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373.
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