“We only have reports. The last time we found out he was in school and that was April 30,” HPD executive assistant Larry Satterwhite told reporters Monday night.
The little boy turned just six years old over the weekend. On Monday, volunteers from Texas Equisearch searched farms in southeast Houston.
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“We’re all trying to get Sam home,” said Sam’s grandmother, Tonya Olsen. “Saturday was his birthday and it must have been the happiest day of his life.”
Theresa Balboa, Sam’s father’s girlfriend, said she last saw the child last Thursday morning at the 8800 block of McAvoy Drive in southwest Houston.
Balboa told Monday, “I was going to take Sam to school when his mother came to the police officer, or I was under the impression of being a police officer, and they demanded me to release Sam.”
However, Satterwhite said investigators have not been able to confirm this and that Sam may have actually gone missing weeks earlier. According to police, someone outside her family saw her at Holbrook Elementary in Cy-Fair ISD on Friday, April 30. May 27 was the last day of school.
Satterwaite said the biological mother and father share custody of Sam, but one of the last places the little boy was seen was in an apartment on the Gulf Breeze in southeast Houston that belonged to a friend of Balboa. On Monday night, the police issued a search warrant. Crime scene and murder investigators were seen going in and out. Police seized a vehicle.
Texas Equusearch founder Tim Miller said, “I’ve worked in many of these cases. I don’t have a good feeling.” “No one can locate anyone who can tell us when and where he was last seen.”
Sam is white, 3 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 50 pounds, officials say. He has blue eyes and light brown hair. He was last seen wearing a brown T-shirt with a red “Kool-Aid Man” in front, jean shorts and white “Buzz Lightyear” tennis shoes.
Sam’s father Dalton Olson said, “I have tried everything from the beginning to do the best job for my son.” “He’s my whole world and I can’t imagine anything must have happened to him and I believe he’s still out there.”
If you have any information about Sam’s whereabouts, contact the Houston Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 832-394-1840.
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