Buffalo Police are trying to piece together a series of disturbing events after a young boy was found sleeping on a stranger’s porch and a burnt-out vehicle was found about a mile away with human remains inside.
Authorities are now searching for the young boy’s parents and a family friend who had reportedly been traveling with them on a road trip from their home in Florida, WFTV reports.
Buffalo Police identified the young boy’s parents as Nicole Merced Plaud, 24, and Miguel Anthony Valentin-Colon, 31 and have named the family friend as Dhamyl Mirella Roman-Audifrred, 29, according to a statement from police.
Although authorities have not officially linked the two cases together, Lois Ausburger, the woman who found the young boy sleeping on her porch in a cardboard box she normally left out for stray cats, told WKBW the boy repeatedly referenced a fire after she discovered him around 8 a.m. Monday.
"I said where's your mommy, honey? He said 'The car's on fire.' That's all he kept saying," she said.
A short time later, police discovered a charred vehicle about a mile away with human remains inside. The fire, which investigators believe started around 3 a.m. Monday, had reportedly been extremely hot and caused damage so severe it has been difficult to determine the make or model of the vehicle.
Authorities are now working to identify the human remains found inside.
The young boy’s grandparents have traveled to upstate New York to try to reunite with the child in what investigators have called a “very, very complicated case.”
The family identified the young boy as 3-year-old Noelvin. His grandfather told WFTV the family is deeply concerned about Noelvin’s parents, who haven’t been heard from in several days.
“We’re all devastated,” his grandfather Jorge Oquendo said. “We’re all devastated for a lot of reasons. We have no answers, we don’t know what happened.”
Family members said they were not aware the family was going out of town, but said they often took road trips together.
“They were great parents. I have nothing bad to say, so I don’t know,” Zenaida Colon, Noelvin’s grandmother, said.
Colon reportedly tried to take custody of the boy, but the request was temporarily denied, WKBW reports. A custody hearing has been set in Buffalo for October.
Investigators are now asking for anyone who may have seen the fire Monday morning or who have any information about the young boy’s parents to contact authorities.
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