Police believe body in trash is missing 3-year-old

7:38 PM, Nov 26, 2012   |    comments
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OAKWOOD -- Police and FBI investigators searched a trash processing plant here early Monday evening in connection with missing Cleveland 3-year-old Emiliano Terry.

Just before 7 p.m., WKYC learned that the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office arrived at Oak Leaf Drive where the plant is located.

Sources say that investigators have identified the body found in a black trash bag at the plant as that of Emiliano Terry 

Channel 3 News crews say that the trash processing plant is located near the corner of Forbes Road and Broadway Avenue.

Police will not say what led them to search at the facility. Police announced that, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, will hold a press conference regarding this investigation at 9:45 p.m. at the Justice Center.

Fourth District Cleveland police held a press conference at 12:30 p.m. Monday to update the media on the status of the investigation.

Police and the FBI are still actively seeking help from the public in locating Emilliano, who went missing around 5:05 p.m. at Kossuth Park near East 121st Street and Williams Avenue.

At the press conference, police said they have talked to the child's mother, Camilia Terry, 20, several times. They said they are in the process of pulling surveillance video from different locations and businesses in the area.

As part of the investigation, they brought in police K-9s who "indicated that there was some evidence that Emiliano had been in the park," police said.

Police said they have "searched the Terry home on Buckeye Road on three occasions...and checked the route between the home and the park...as well as checked vacant homes, garages and Dumpsters..."

Police said the mother told them she was in the park with her three children and "...turned around for a minute...and that's when she realized that Emiliano was missing..."

"At this point, we have no reason to question the mother's story," police said, at the press conference. They said that when she realized Emiliano was missing, "..she used her cell phone to call 9-1-1."

Police say they are "proceeding as if it is a missing child investigation. They ask that anyone with information to call (216) 621-1234 or the Fourth District Detective Bureau at (216) 623-5418.

Late Monday afternoon, police thanked their community partners, including the Peacemakers Alliance and the Guardian Angels, for volunteering their time in the search for Emiliano.

Emiliano is black, about 2'6" and weighs about 30 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray North Face coat, a red and black sweater, blue jeans and blue and black Champion brand tennis shoes.

She said her attention was briefly diverted by one of her children when her 3-year-old child went missing. One of Terry's children reported that Emiliano may have left the area in a black vehicle with an unknown driver. Police added that the vehicle may have been a Saab.


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