3-year-old boy found sleeping on stranger’s porch, parents missing

Buffalo, New York police are looking for the parents of a 3-year-old boy who was found sleeping on a porch Monday morning.

The boy was wrapped up in a blanket inside a cardboard box that had been left out for cats, CNN affiliate WIVB reported. He was wearing only a diaper, the affiliate said, and the mystery surrounding him continues to grow.

The mother, father and a family friend of the child, who all live in Florida, were expected to arrive in Buffalo, Sunday evening and are now being treated as missing persons, Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo said.

Police identified them as 24-year-old Nicole Merced Plaud, 31-year-old Miguel Anthony Valentin-Colon, and 29-year-old Dhamyl Mirella Roman-Audiffred, respectively.

Police also discovered a burned vehicle in Buffalo’s Black Rock neighborhood, Rinaldo said. The fire is estimated to have occurred early Monday morning, he said.

The vehicle possibly had human remains inside, Rinaldo added, but said that identifying those remains would take time and require forensic anthropologists due to the severity of the burn.

The fire burned for such a long time, it was “almost to the point that we can not tell what type of vehicle or the contents of the vehicle,” he said.

The vehicle was found about a mile from where the young child was discovered, WIVB reported.

At this point, police are not linking the two incidents. However, the homeowner who discovered the boy around 7:30am Monday told CNN affiliate WKBW the boy repeatedly referenced a vehicle on fire. “I said where’s your mommy, honey? He said ‘the car’s on fire.’ That’s all he kept saying,” Lois Ausburger said.

Buffalo Police updated the media Tuesday, describing it as a “very, very complicated case.” Rinaldo says they are working closely with the boy’s grandparents who recently arrived from Florida.