Police believe Pierre Collins may have played a role in his son Barway's disappearance

By Caitlin Keating
March 24, 2015 07:30 PM
Courtesy Minnesota BCA

The father of a 10-year-old Minnesota boy missing since last Wednesday is now believed to have played a role in his disappearance, police say.

At a press conference Tuesday night, Crystal Police Department Chief Stephanie Revering said that fourth-grader Barway Collins was last seen exiting the school bus in front of his apartment building. Surveillance video shows Barway on the bus, looking to his right and saying, “There’s my dad,” and “Oh, my uncle’s here,” according to MyFox9.

Revering said Pierre Collins took a lie detector test and has reason to believe he hasn’t been entirely truthful with police, the news station also reports.

The father, meanwhile, maintains his innocence.

“I would never do that to my son,” Pierre told KARE 11 on Tuesday night. “I want the public to know, sitting here, Pierre Collins has nothing to do with his son disappearing.”

Pierre also said he has been doing everything to help law enforcement find his son.

“I’ve been working with them every day, every night, even the middle of the night,” he told WCCO-TV. “I would wake up and get whatever they want from me.”

Pierre also said he doesn’t know whom his son is referring to when he says “uncle,” but African tradition dictates that children often refer to elders as “uncle.”

“Any older person is called uncle, any friend is called uncle,” he told WCCO.

There is a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for his disappearance. A Facebook group with updates has also been created.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Hennepin County Dispatch at (952) 258-5321.

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