Police said they are seeking two people of interest shown in surveillance video leading a child, believed to be the one later found on a west side porch on Monday, from the vehicle as it bursts into flames, WGRZ reports.
They confirmed the burned vehicle is the same one rented to the parents of Noelvin Valentin, who was discovered asleep in a cardboard box on a porch on Potomac Avenue Monday morning.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGHP) -- The mystery surrounding a little boy found sleeping on a Buffalo porch continues to grow, WKBW reports.
Buffalo Police updated the media late Tuesday morning, describing this as a, "very, very complicated case." Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo says they are working closely with the boy's grandparents who recently arrived from Florida.
The boy's grandmother tells 7 Eyewitness News reporter Ali Touhey the boy's name is Noelvin and that they intend to take custody of him. Meantime, we're told, the toddler's parents, 24-year-old Nicole Mersed and 31-year-old Migel Valentin, haven't made contact with their family since Sunday. According to police, they will be issuing pictures of Noelvin's parents and a family friend, anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to contact the department's homicide unit at 716-851-4466.
During Tuesday's news conference, investigators also issued an update regarding a burned-out car discovered on Tonawanda Street, roughly one mile from where the little boy was found. Police are now working to identify human remains found inside that vehicle.
At this point, police are not linking the two incidents. However, the homeowner who discovered the boy around 7:30 a.m. Monday told 7 Eyewitness News the boy repeatedly referenced a vehicle on fire.
According to police, the boy was found around 8 a.m sleeping in a box meant for stray cats on a porch on Potomac Avenue.