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.
(Newser) – A 3-year-old boy was found on a stranger's porch in Buffalo on Monday morning, more than 1,000 miles from his home in Florida, and the three adults he'd been traveling with, including his parents, are "potentially … still alive," say Buffalo police—but it doesn't look good. Nicole Merced Plaud, 24, and 31-year-old Miguel Anthony Valentin-Colon, parents of little Noelvin, as well as their friend Dhamyl Mirella Roman-Audiffred, 29, were last seen Saturday near Orlando before they set off with Noelvin on a road trip to Buffalo, where police say they're believed to have arrived Sunday night. A disturbing development doesn't bode well, however: Police say a burned-out vehicle found with the remains of two people in a desolate part of Buffalo Monday is the couple's rental car, though it's not yet clear who the deceased are, the Buffalo News reports.
"I can't stress enough the vehicle was completely incinerated and the contents were nothing but ashes," Capt. Jeffrey Rinaldo says, adding it could take weeks to ID them. The paper has posted surveillance tape near where the car was found: one clips shows a "person of interest" heading into the area; a second shows two people running from the scene, one of them pulling Noelvin along; the other person appears to be holding a gas can. Police sources say two kilos of suspected cocaine were found in a hotel room where Noelvin's parents and the friend had stayed, per the Buffalo News. "We're all devastated," Noelvin's grandfather tells WFTV. Noelvin is now in the custody of Erie County Child Protective Services until his grandparents can claim him, Rinaldo says, per the Democrat & Chronicle. Police ask anyone with info to call 716-847-2255. (Read more Buffalo stories.)