Amber Alert Canceled, New Person of Interest Named,Jesus Gastelum.
Updated: Oct 18, 2008 07:34 PM EDT
Police are looking for Jesus Gastelum, a Mexican national. Police believe Gastelum is in Las Vegas or Southern California.
Police canceled the Amber Alert for Cole early Saturday after leads started drying up.
Officers in California found Cole's grandfather, 51-year-old Clemens Tinnemeyer, late Friday.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police have deactivated the Amber Alert for six-year-old Cole Puffinburger. Metro held a news conference Saturday afternoon to update the case.
Metro Captain Vincent Cannito said police from several jurisdictions have served search warrants in connection with the case. Cannito says large amounts of cash have been recovered at some of the search warrant locations.
Officers have taken a person of interest into custody and they're currently looking for another man, identified as Mexican national Jesus Gastelum. Police believe Gastelum is in Las Vegas or Southern California.
Police canceled the Amber Alert for Cole early Saturday after leads started drying up. They say the cancellation isn't related to the safety of the boy.
Officers in California found Cole's grandfather, 51-year-old Clemens Tinnemeyer, late Friday. Metro says Tinnemeyer was part of a methamphetamine ring with Mexican drug dealers and vanished with millions of dollars owed to them. Police say when the drug dealers couldn't find him, or the money, they took the boy as ransom.
Tinnemeyer is being interviewed by police.
Captain Cannito said several law enforcement agencies, including the National Guard, are currently conducting a massive search for Cole in the northeast part of Las Vegas.
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