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Police: No plans to return to Derby area in missing infant case

Law enforcement officers search Monday afternoon near 55th Street South and K-15 for missing 5-month-old Vincent D. Moore. (Aug. 3, 2015)
Law enforcement officers search Monday afternoon near 55th Street South and K-15 for missing 5-month-old Vincent D. Moore. (Aug. 3, 2015) The Wichita Eagle

Authorities have no plans to return to a wooded area south of Wichita in their search for a missing infant.

Monday’s search of the grounds near K-15 and 55th Street South “was due to a lead that was given to investigations,” police Lt. James Espinoza said Tuesday.

Numerous law enforcement officers and a K-9 unit went through the area for about three hours “looking for evidence that might be helpful in finding baby Vincent,” Espinoza said.

But the search for Vincent D. Moore, who turned 5 months old on Monday, came up empty, and investigators have no reason to return to the location, he said. The child has been missing for about three weeks.

Investigators were still following up on tips Tuesday but would like anyone with information related to the child to call the homicide unit at 316-268-4182. They can also call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111 or 911.

“We are still asking for the public’s help in finding baby Vincent,” Espinoza said.

Vincent 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 baby and a 2-year-old.

The mother reported the child missing Thursday after attempts to contact the father and locate the child were unsuccessful.

Police confirmed last week that the father’s name is Gary McKensey Moore Jr. He was stopped by Sedgwick County sheriff’s deputies on July 29 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 and has since been returned to the mother.

Moore is being held on an $850,000 bond.

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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