INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – An Indiana Amber Alert for a missing 6-week-old baby was canceled Friday evening.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department requested the cancellation of the alert for Delano Wilson at 6 p.m., but said their investigation remains active.
“This doesn’t diminish what we are doing,” said Sgt. Kendale Adams with IMPD. “We will continue to search for the infant.”
Police said when the alert was first issued on Wednesday, investigators received numerous tips. On Friday, officers said the tips were decreasing, which led to the cancellation of the alert. The activation of an Amber Alert requires IMPD investigators to manage and monitor a 24-hour Amber Alert hotline and missing person detectives believe the alert message has reached its maximum audience.
Detectives said they feel the use of social media links, the department’s internal messaging, continued coverage by the media and information from the public will yield the best opportunity to find baby Delano. They added in a news release, they believe the Amber Alert has increased awareness about the baby’s alleged abduction.
Police officials said they aren’t planning any further physical searches for the infant, but say they’ll continue to use the necessary resources to locate him.
“We still consider this very serious,” said Adams.
The baby’s father reported the baby missing Wednesday around noon near Harding and Henry streets in Indianapolis. Willie Wilson told police he was walking with his son, Delano, in that area when he was robbed and pistol-whipped. He said a couple took off with his son.
An IMPD spokesperson said the department does have concerns about Wilson’s claims. The baby’s uncle said Friday evening that he believes Wilson.
“That’s what I was told and that’s what I’m sticking to,” said Romel Perkins.
Perkins also commented on the cancellation of the Amber Alert, saying he wished police would still be out searching.
“IMPD will continue to use all necessary resources and techniques to bring Delano back home,” police said in a news release.
The family is offering $10,000 for the safe return of Delano. Friday marked the third day in the search for him.
Crews searched wooded areas and the river near where Delano was last believed to be seen, even draining a culvert to search. Police called the search off on Friday shortly after 3 p.m. and investigators said they did not find any clues.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Delano is asked to call 911 or text 888777 keyword “IMPD” with information.
A vigil is being held for Delano at 2 p.m. on Saturday.