Family offers $10,000 reward for missing baby

Delano Wilson (Provided Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Family members of missing baby Delano Wilson announced on Friday they are offering a reward for his return.

The family is offering $10,000 for the safe return of Delano, a 6-week-old baby who sparked an amber alert. Friday marks the third day in the search for him.

Police say the search in a wooded area at Harding and Oliver streets near the family’s home resumed when the sun came up. Police cars blocked off the search area overnight Thursday into Friday.

On Thursday, searches by police and fire crews of the White River and that wooded area produced no results.

Crews searched that same wooded area on Friday. They also pumped water out of a culvert in a wooded area to search for the baby.

During the search IMPD Chief Rick Hite arrived to the scene to check on the search. He told 24-Hour News 8, that he came because he’s the chief, and because he has grandchildren of his own.

IMPD called the search off shortly after 3 p.m., investigators did not find any clues after searching the wooded area.

Questions have begun to surface about what the baby’s father, 23-year-old Willie Wilson, said happened.

An IMPD spokesperson said the department does have concerns about Wilson’s claim that he was pistol whipped before his son was taken by a man and a woman.

Police say they received many tips in the case, but no leads have been received on the alleged suspect’s getaway car that Wilson described to police on Wednesday. The statewide Amber Alert that was issued after Wilson’s abduction has expired — alerts are typically kept active for five hours. Locally, however, this remains and active case and an active search is still underway.

Search crews are planning to go back to the neighborhood where the kidnapping happened on Saturday. A time for the search has not been determined. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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