Saturday: Search intensifies for 4-year-old

  • Article by: ABBY SIMONS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 10, 2008 - 11:00 AM

Police are seeking boy and 38-year-old woman; the child was last seen at relatives' home in Minneapolis Wednesday.

Demond Keith Reed

Police are stepping up their efforts to find a 4-year-old boy who disappeared from his north Minneapolis home in the company of a family acquaintance.

Demond Reed left the home where he lives with relatives at 3118 Morgan Av. N. on Wednesday.

Police are searching for Reed and Shawna Williams, 38, of Chicago. Police said they have determined that another woman, Lashawn Barbara Kreighbaum, 25, was not involved in the disappearance.

Officials with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension decided late Friday not to issue an Amber Alert in the boy's disappearance because they didn't have a description of Williams' car and there had already been reports of the disappearance in media outlets across the state.

Reed had been staying with relatives at the Minneapolis home for some time after he was brought to Minneapolis to visit his father, who is incarcerated, said Sgt. William Palmer of the Minneapolis Police Department.

He was left with relatives while his mother went back to Chicago. She has since returned to the Twin Cities.

Williams is believed to be an acquaintance of relatives the boy was living with.

"We really, I don't think, have a clue," Palmer said of why and how Reed left the home. "That's kind of the problem, this whole thing just doesn't make a lot of sense."

Police are, however, growing more concerned as time passes.

"I would say anytime we have a 4-year-old that's missing and has been gone this long under these circumstances, we're very concerned for the whereabouts of this child," he said. "This isn't a 30-year-old that didn't come home from the bar last night, this is a 4-year-old and we're very, very concerned."

Reed, who is black with a medium complexion and short afro, was last seen wearing SpongeBob SquarePants pajamas. Williams, who also goes by the name "Shawn" is black with dark complexion. She has a tattoo reading "Shawn" on her arm and wears a small stud nose ring. She was last seen wearing a dark rust-red leather jacket, white skull cap, white gloves, white shoes and faded blue jeans.

She is of thin to medium build and is 5 feet 5 to 5 feet 7. Williams has a cousin named Joanne who lives in Minnesota, according to police.

Abby Simons • 612-673-4921

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