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Hasanni Campbell
Hasanni Campbell
Hasanni Campbell (pictured above), 5, disappeared on August 10, 2009 after his foster father, Louis Ross, said he briefly left the boy, who had cerebral palsy and wore leg braces, outside his car in the parking lot of the upscale Oakland shoe store where he works. Hasanni and his sister had been living with Jennifer Campbell, their aunt and Ross, her fiancé. On August 24, a vigil was held for Hasanni in the parking lot from which he had disappeared. On August 28, the police ruled Hasanni's disappearance to be a homicide and arrested both Ross and Campbell. The two were released, though, on September 1 after the Alameda County District Attorney's Office decided there was insufficient evidence to press charges. Police have not said why the case became a homicide nor do they have a body, but they believe Ross is lying: that Hassani never made it to Oakland and that he disappeared from public view as early as the August 6. They believe he is dead and ask the public to continue in their efforts to find the boy. Public response in this case has been remarkable and the search continues. Campbell and Ross continue to maintain their innocence.
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