Missing boy Elijah Vue’s blanket found weeks after his disappearance

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The search for Elijah Vue continues almost a month later

The blanket of a missing Wisconsin toddler was found weeks after he went missing, local police said Monday.

The Two Rivers Police Department said a red and white plaid blanket found earlier in this investigation was confirmed to belong to Elijah Vue, a 3-year-old boy from Wisconsin who went missing on February 20. The blanket was found about 3.7 miles from where Elijah was last seen, the department said in a press release.

An initial description of Elijah said he was last seen wearing gray pants, a dark long-sleeved shirt and red and green dinosaur shoes, according to CBS affiliate WDJT. He may have been carrying the blanket, WDJT reported.

Vue’s mother, Katrina Baur, and another man, Jesse Vang, were arrested and charged with child neglect on February 21. WDJT reported that local authorities said Baur handed Elijah over to Vang for “discipline.” The Vue family told the station they don’t know how Baur met Vang, who served six years in prison for distributing methamphetamine. WDJT later described Vang as Baur’s boyfriend.

Elijah disappeared from Vang’s apartment, police say sayingand Vang, who reported him missing.

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“(Baur) intentionally sent that child for disciplinary reasons for over a week to (Vang’s) residence,” Manitowoc County District Attorney Jacalyn LaBre said at a Feb. 23 court hearing. “She was aware of the tactics used and the lack of care provided. This was intentional on her part.”

Both Baur and Vang maintain they had nothing to do with Elijah’s disappearance, WDJT reported. They will next appear in court this week. Baur will be arraigned on Friday, while Vang’s preliminary hearing will be held on Thursday, police said. Both remain in custody at the Mantiwoc County Jail, according to online records.

Police took possession of a vehicle they said was identified during the investigation. The car, a four-door 1997 Nissan Altima, has Wisconsin plates that begin with “A” and end with “0.” The car was not owned by Baur or Vang, police said.

“Our interest is not in the current owner of the vehicle, only in the camera images captured on February 19, 2024, between 2:00 pm and 9:00 pm,” the department said. saying.

Anyone with information leading to the discovery of the toddler may be eligible for a reward of up to $40,000, police said.

Multiple agencies have been searching for Elijah since he was reported missing. The Two River Police Department has asked all members of the public to be on the lookout for the boy and check all urban and rural areas, including water, to help find him or any evidence related to his disappearance. Authorities have searched storm sewers, landfills, rivers and more, according to police. saying.

Elijah’s uncle, Orson Vue, told WDJT that the family was exhausted by the search effort, but they were touched to see strangers organizing searches for the boy.

“To be honest, it means everything,” Vue said. “If it was just me and my family doing this search, I don’t know what we would do. With everyone, really, reaching out, giving their support, their love, it means a lot, and we couldn’t do it without them.”

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