NEWLY released surveillance footage has shown missing six-year-old Jojo Morales at a Walgreens store 1,700 miles from his home.
Police say the boy’s father Jorge Morales, 45, and grandmother Lilliam Peña Morales, 68, kidnapped Jorge “Jojo” Morales to keep him away from his mother, Yanet Concepcion, amid a custody fight.
Jojo had reportedly told his mother that “bad people were trying to take him away” before he went missing from her home on August 27.
Now, new surveillance video showed Jojo with his father in Maine from August 29 – two days after he went missing.
The FBI and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children released the video this week.
Concepcion commented on the video to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, saying: “They were buying toothbrushes and envelopes. And then they went to a Dollar Tree or a dollar store and bought him cars.”
“My son is obsessed with cars.”
August 29 is also the day that Jojo’s mother had an emergency motion granted for sole custody, according to Miami-Dade court records.
The motion was granted after Morales kept Jojo overnight, which was a violation of his custody arrangement with Concepcion.
Morales is considered a fugitive and is wanted by the U.S. Marshals and the FBI.
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An Amber Alert was issued for Jojo on September 2, four days after the video captured him.
In addition to the surveillance footage, an eerie clue has also been discovered.
An SUV found abandoned by Border Patrol in Maine, near the Canada border, is believed to be connected to the disappearance.
A private investigator said items belonging to Jojo were found inside, and Miami police are working to determine if the vehicle has any involvement in the case.
Jojo, who’s autistic, had also told his mom that “his dad wanted ‘to take him to live on a farm with windmills and wanted me to go with him,” according to WPLG.
Arrest warrants have been issued for Morales and his mother for allegedly taking the boy illegally.
Police believe he had been planning the abduction for a year, and Concepcion has said her ex-husband had been looking into how to live off the grid.
Morales had allegedly been only using cash to pay for his expenses for a year in preparation.
Concepcion, meanwhile, is pleading for her son’s return.
“Please rethink what you did,” she said.
“You know things aren’t going your way,” she said. “Do the right thing.”
US Marshals, in conjunction with Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade and the Keys, are offering up to $25,000 for information leading to arrests in the case.
Anyone with information relating to Jojo, his father, or his grandmother is urged to contact Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade and the Florida Keys either online or at 305-471-8477 (TIPS); the U.S. Marshals Service at 866-865-8477 or online; or the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children at 800-843-5678.
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