Police in Idaho dig up backyard in search for missing Michael Vaughn after receiving ‘credible tip’ | #childabductors


Authorities are searching the backyard of an Idaho home in connection to the disappearance of a five-year-old boy who has been missing for more than a year. 

Michael Vaughan was last seen on July 27, 2021, near his home in Fruitland, Idaho.  

Fruitland Police Chief JD Huff said officers received a ‘credible tip’ that led them to dig up the yard on Redwing Street in Fruitland this weekend.

The house is just four minutes from the field Michael vanished from near his home on Southwest Ninth Street.

Nothing was found Saturday but crews returned on Sunday and the police chief is expected to give an update later in the evening. 

Michael Vaughan, 5, was last seen on July 27, 2021, near his Fruitland, Idaho home, and now authorities are searching a backyard on Redwing Street in connection to his disappearance

Fruitland Police Chief JD Huff said they received a 'credible tip' that led them to dig up the yard on Redwing Street in Fruitland - which is just four minutes from where Michael was last seen

Fruitland Police Chief JD Huff said they received a ‘credible tip’ that led them to dig up the yard on Redwing Street in Fruitland – which is just four minutes from where Michael was last seen

Over the weekend, an excavator and back hoe were spotted at the home in the 1100 block of Redwing Street, where most of the backyard had been dug up

Over the weekend, an excavator and back hoe were spotted at the home in the 1100 block of Redwing Street, where most of the backyard had been dug up

Over the weekend, an excavator and backhoe were spotted by local reporters at the home in the 1100 block of Redwing Street, where most of the backyard had been dug up. 

A dumpster, which was also visible on the property, was roped off by crime tape. Two K-9 dogs were brought in, but there have been no updates on what they may or may not have found. 

The police chief told KTVB that their intent is to dig three or four feet deep and that they will not stop until the entire backyard is excavated. 

The police chief told local reporters at the scene that the backhoe was being used to dig up the topsoil, and he added that he believes it will in no way contaminate evidence if there is any. 

‘During the course of the investigation, we received information the remains of Michael Vaughan might be found (behind the house)… As a result, we obtained a search warrant. We have not found anything yet but we will continue to excavate in hopes of finding his remains.’ Huff said. 

Huff then made a point of saying that the couple who lives in the house does not own it and, as far as he knows, has no connection to the Vaughan family. 

Michael was last seen between 6:30-7:15 p.m. in an open field adjacent to his home in the area of South Arizona Avenue and Ninth Street in Fruitland, about 50 miles west of Boise on the Oregon border. It is unclear what the five-year-old was doing in that location at the time. 

Michael was last seen between 6:30-7:15 p.m. on July 27, 2021, in an open field adjacent to his home in the area of South Arizona Avenue and Ninth Street in Fruitland

Michael was last seen between 6:30-7:15 p.m. on July 27, 2021, in an open field adjacent to his home in the area of South Arizona Avenue and Ninth Street in Fruitland

Known to his family as 'Monkey,' Michael has blond hair and blue eyes, was last seen wearing a 'Minecraft' T-shirt with boxer briefs and blue flips flops

Known to his family as ‘Monkey,’ Michael has blond hair and blue eyes, was last seen wearing a ‘Minecraft’ T-shirt with boxer briefs and blue flips flops

Known to his family as ‘Monkey,’ Michael has blond hair and blue eyes, was last seen wearing a ‘Minecraft’ T-shirt with boxer briefs and blue flips flops. When he disappeared, he was described as being 3-foot-7 and weighed about 50 pounds. Michael’s 6th birthday was June 24, 2022.

In a press conference this summer, police said there was preliminary evidence that suggests Michael’s disappearance is criminal, possibly an abduction. 

There have been thousands of tips and leads from the public that police have examined. 

The most recent lead came from a ‘very credible tip’ Huff said, which then led to police to obtain a search warrant, which they served on Friday night. 

Multiple agencies were spotted at the scene this weekend, including Idaho State Police, Fruitland Police, Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue, Fruitland Public Works and the Fruitland Fire Department.

More than $50,000 is being offered for information about Michael’s whereabouts. 

The police chief told local reporters at the scene that the back hoe was being used to dig up the top soil, and said that he believes it will in no way contaminate evidence if there is any

The police chief told local reporters at the scene that the back hoe was being used to dig up the top soil, and said that he believes it will in no way contaminate evidence if there is any

A dumpster, which was also visible on the property, was roped off by crime tape. Two K-9 dogs were brought in, but there have been no updates on what they may or may not have found

A dumpster, which was also visible on the property, was roped off by crime tape. Two K-9 dogs were brought in, but there have been no updates on what they may or may not have found

The police chief told KTVB that their intent is to dig three or four feet deep, and that they will not stop until the entire backyard is excavated

The police chief told KTVB that their intent is to dig three or four feet deep, and that they will not stop until the entire backyard is excavated

Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Idaho State Police and the FBI, have scoured thousands of acres of rural land, drained runoff ditches and reviewed security footage in search of the missing five-year-old.

Officers from more than a dozen different law enforcement agencies have searched close to 200 homes, looked through garbage cans, drained a septic tank and interviewed everyone in the surrounding area.

K-9 dogs, divers, drones with infrared imagining capabilities, helicopters, paragliders and kayaks have been deployed to track down Michael, reported Idaho Statesman.

Brandi Neal previously said their family was 'broken' because of her son's disappearance

On September 2, she wrote on her Facebook: 'we will nor lose hope!!!'

Last year, Brandi Neal, Michael’s mom, thanked ‘beautiful soul’ who offered the reward money

Last year, Michael’s family released a written statement through the Fruitland Police Department.

‘Our Family is broken right now,’ the family said. ‘Monkey’s sisters are missing their [sic] partner in crime, and his brother won’t play Minecraft until Michael comes home. Monkey, your Mommy and Daddy miss you more than anything in this world. 

We need you home to be whole. We are so grateful for every single persons’ prayers, kind words, sharing his picture and any little step to help bring Michael home.’



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