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* Volunteer Searchers Find Clothing Similar to Hasanni Campbell’s

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Volunteers searching for missing 5-year-old Hasanni Campbell found clothing in Oakland today similar to what the boy was said to be wearing when he was reported missing in August, according to an organizer of the search.  A volunteer found a small gray sweatshirt and other clothing near Chabot Road in Oakland at about 1:10 p.m., according to Sherri-Lyn Miller, a organizer of the civilian search effort for Campbell. Campbell was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, according to Oakland police. The volunteers were searching the area within a two-mile radius of where Campbell was reported missing on Aug. 10. He was last seen in the parking lot of the Shuz of Rockridge shoe store in the 6000 block of College Avenue in Oakland. The boy’s foster father, Louis Ross, was the last person to see him, according to authorities.  After spotting the clothing this afternoon, volunteers flagged down a nearby police officer to report the finding, Miller said. She said authorities were still at the scene at Chabot Road this evening to investigate the possible connection of the clothing to the Campbell case.  “We have no idea yet” if the clothes belonged to Campbell, Miller said. The case is now being treated as a homicide instead of a missing person case, according to police. On Aug. 28, Oakland police arrested Ross, 38, and his foster mother, Jennifer Campbell, 30, but the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against them, stating that there was insufficient evidence. However, Oakland Acting Police Chief Howard Jordan said on Sept. 1 that the foster parents were still the main suspects in the case.

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