The suspected cocaine, about 4.4 pounds, was inside a cooler and a second empty cooler was found in the room of the hotel, which is near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, the sources told The Buffalo News.
Cops: Charred Car With Human Remains Found in Buffalo, New York, Was Rented by Nicole Merced Plaud and Miguel Anthony Valentin-Colon, Parents of Noelvin, Boy Found on Strangers Porch
The discovery of the drugs could help police establish what Nicole Marie Merced-Plaud, 24, and Miguel Anthony Valentin-Colon, 31, who are the parents of the little boy, and their friend, Dhamyl Mirella Roman-Audiffred, 29 – all of whom are from the Orlando area – were doing in Buffalo.
A 3-year-old boy was found a mile away from his parents burned car. Police have released new video
The trio are considered missing but the families of Merced-Plaud and Valentin-Colon fear they are the ones whose remains were in a charred vehicle found Monday evening behind a storage facility on Tonawanda Street in the Black Rock neighborhood of Buffalo.
“I cant stress enough the vehicle was completely incinerated and the contents were nothing but ashes,” said Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo at a news conference Thursday.
At that news conference, police announced that they had been able to determine that the vehicle was a white Chrysler Pacifica that the missing parents had rented in Florida.
“This is still a missing persons investigation … running alongside with now a homicide investigation,” Rinaldo said.
“Potentially all three of them are still alive. We have not identified the people in the vehicle,” he said.
The missing Florida residents were last seen Saturday near Orlando and are believed to have arrived in Buffalo late Sunday night, according to police.
Their family told reporters that they often went on long, spontaneous road trips and that Valentin-Colon had taken his car in for service because of a recall and thats why he had a rental.
They said Valentin-Colons sister last heard from them about 6 p.m. Sunday when they had a “normal conversation,” his mother, Zenaida Colon, said.
A second video, timestamped at 3:01 a.m., shows two people walking quickly away from the vehicle as the bright glow of fire can be seen on the left side of the screen. One of the people is pulling a small child by his hand, letting go once and then holding his hand again. The second person puts down what appears to be a gas can and then puts a shirt over his head.
The little boy, Noelvin, was found at about 8 a.m. Monday on Potomac Avenue, in good health. The child is in the custody of Erie County Child Protective Services. His grandparents flew up from Florida on Monday. Zenaida Colon tried to get custody of the child but a judge denied the initial request. The family is now working with social workers here in Buffalo and in Orlando. The next court date is set for Oct. 9.
“It gives us a timeline as to when the fire started. It gives us a timeline of how the child was not inside the vehicle. It gives us now two people who were present when this car started on fire, so its extremely important to us,” Rinaldo said.
He said it is possible that there may be other surveillance footage of the white Pacifica traveling in the citys Riverside neighborhood, particularly in the areas of Tonawanda and Niagara streets.
Rinaldo asked anyone with surveillance systems in the area to review their footage dating to 2:30 a.m. Monday, to see if they may have captured the vehicle on tape.
Rinaldo asked anyone with information about the people seen approaching the car in the videos to contact police by calling or texting the departments tip line, at 847-2255.
Buffalo Police have released surveillance video showing two men in possession of gas cans escorting a little boy away from a burning car—hours before the child was found abandoned on a woman’s porch.
Police said the two individuals were being sought as persons of interest in the torching of the vehicle, which was found Monday afternoon with two charred bodies inside. The bodies have not been identified.
"This is a horrific, horrific crime," Capt. Jeff Rinaldo told a news conference on Thursday.
"This is a very complicated case involving missing persons, a juvenile, and now a homicide," he said, according to WHEC-TV.
The Buffalo News reported Friday that two police sources said that more than four pounds of cocaine were found in a hotel room the boy’s parents occupied before they vanished and were reported missing.
The discovery of the drugs could help police establish what led Nicole Merced Plaud, 24, and Anthony Valentin-Colon, 31, to travel to Buffalo from Orlando, Fla., the paper reported.
The boy identified as Noelvin was found at 8 a.m. sleeping in a box a woman leaves out on her porch for stray cats. The boy was in the custody of child welfare workers.
In the video, a flash can be seen that may have been the car bursting into flames, WKBW-TV reported Friday.