Area law enforcement officers spent about three hours Monday searching along railroad tracks and a wooded area near Derby for a missing Wichita infant.
The search near 55th Street South and K-15 is related to the disappearance of Vincent D. Moore, Wichita police confirmed. The search may continue Tuesday.
K-9 units along with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department were called in to search the area, Wichita Capt. Jeff Weible said. Law enforcement officers walked the tracks both north and south of the K-15 and 55th intersection. Marked and unmarked police department and sheriff’s office vehicles lined the intersection.
Weible said police received tips from the public and investigators were looking into the information. He would not say whether the search turned up evidence of the child.
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“We are hopeful,” he said, that the child is still alive.
Lt. James Espinoza said police received information that led investigators to begin searching the area between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. The search wrapped up at about 5:30 p.m.
Espinoza said he could not elaborate on the nature of the information nor be specific about what authorities were looking for. The baby has been missing for about three weeks.
More information may be released at a news briefing Tuesday morning at City Hall, he said.
Vincent, who turned 5 months old this week, went missing July 11 after he was last seen with his 24-year-old father leaving a house near 31st Street South and Hydraulic, police said last week. In early June, the father traveled to Texas with the child and a 2-year-old.
The mother reported the child missing Thursday after attempts to contact the father and locate the child were unsuccessful.
Wichita police Lt. Joe Schroeder confirmed last week that the father’s name is Gary McKensey Moore Jr. He was stopped by Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputies in the 5500 block of West 21st Street, near Sedgwick County Park, on Wednesday and was arrested and booked into jail on unrelated warrants early Thursday morning.
The 2-year-old was in the car with the father when he was stopped by the deputies and has since been returned to the mother.
Moore is being held on an $850,000 bond.
Contributing: Matt Riedl of The Eagle