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* Oakland Police Going Door to Door in Search for Missing Boy Hassani Campbell

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Oakland police officers will be going door-to-door in the city’s Rockridge neighborhood until the sun goes down today to searh for information on the disappearance of a 5-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, police Sgt. Ray Backman said. Hassani Campbell was reported missing from the 6000 block of College Avenue at around 4:15 p.m. Monday, and investigators have been saturating the area since then to try to obtain information about the boy’s disappearance, Backman said. Backman said that there are about 300 homes and businesses in the area at which no one has been available to talk. “We’re going to go back out there, and the goal is maybe some of those people that weren’t there, we can get a hold of,” he said. “We’re really trying to make sure that we’re doing a really thorough canvas of the area.”  Backman said a homicide detective has been assigned to the case along with eight special victims units. “We’re going to explore any and all possible outcomes of the case,” he said.  Louis Ross and Jennifer Campbell, the foster parents of Hassani, have been cooperating with the investigation, Backman said.  Investigators searched the parents’ house in Fremont, as well as a nearby park, earlier this week, he said.  Oakland attorney John Burris said today that he was contacted earlier this week by Ross and Campbell because they were concerned about being questioned by police about the boy’s disappearance.  The family “was surprised police tried to interrogate them, and I wanted to advise them that that is logical and they should not be dismayed by it,” Burris said.  “They’re emotionally traumatized, then the police start asking them questions that they thought were unduly aggressive, and I just wanted to make sure that they understood that and not be intimidated by it,” he said.  Burris said that Ross, Hassani’s foster father, was the last person to see the boy before he went missing. Burris said he recommended that the parents just “be cooperative so the police can rule them out and go about trying to find Hassani.” The FBI has joined Oakland police in the search.  “We’re pretty much in our holding pattern right now,” Backman said. “During daylight hours we’re going to continue to canvas and search. We’ll scale back the search at nighttime, and resume it again at daylight.”  Hassani is described as a black boy with light complexion, brown hair and brown eyes. He is about 3 feet tall and weighs around 30 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt and gray pants.  Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call Oakland police youth services at (510) 238-3641, or call 911 if he is believed to be in immediate danger.

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