Buffalo police have released a surveillance video showing two men holding gasoline canisters and leading a small boy away from a burning car hours before the child was found abandoned on a woman's porch.
The police said the two persons were being sought as interested in flaring the vehicle, which was found on Monday afternoon with two charred bodies inside. The bodies were not identified.
"This is a terrible, terrible crime," said Captain Jeff Rinaldo on Thursday at a press conference.
"This is a very complicated case involving missing persons, teenagers and now a murder," he said, according to WHEC-TV.
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It can also be drugs.
The Buffalo News reported Friday that two police sources said more than four pounds of cocaine were found in one of the hotel rooms that the boy's parents occupied before they disappeared and were reported missing.
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They were with a friend, Dhamyl Roman-Andiffred, who was also reported missing.
The boy identified as Noelvin was found at 8am in a box that leaves a woman lying on her veranda for stray cats. The boy was in the care of social workers.
The police found that Plaud and Valentin-Colon had rented the burning car.
The video shows a flash that may have been the flaming car, WKBW-TV reported on Friday.
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The video was filmed on Monday at 3am, police said.