According to the report, two days after detectives Howell and Dyson retrieved the items (mainly medical supplies) via subpoena, Ferguson phoned his former landlord and ordered her not to let police search the house.

The report recounts in detail a subsequent search of the property on August 13, 2003. Having procured a warrant, police and FBI agents bagged urine-stained clothes, sheets and blankets and boxed up half-full cases of formula. They used light-sensitive equipment to find material that could be tested for DNA. They took note of a large stain from a liquid that had apparently leaked through Christian's mattress and onto the floor.

In an enclosed porch at the back of the house, the investigators found a gastric feeding tube.

Christian Ferguson (left) and his younger brother, Connor (right), with their father, Dawan Ferguson, in a photo from the mid-1990s. The boys were born a year apart; Christian had citrullinemia but Connor did not.
Courtesy Theda Thomas
Christian Ferguson (left) and his younger brother, Connor (right), with their father, Dawan Ferguson, in a photo from the mid-1990s. The boys were born a year apart; Christian had citrullinemia but Connor did not.
Red dots (see top detail) show where police believe Dawan Ferguson went before phoning in to report Christian's abduction from just within the St. Louis city limits at Skinker Parkway and Page Boulevard (bottom detail); 100 yards away, on Hodiamont Avenue, police found a car that belonged to Ferguson's girlfriend. (Click here for the PDF version of this map)
Red dots (see top detail) show where police believe Dawan Ferguson went before phoning in to report Christian's abduction from just within the St. Louis city limits at Skinker Parkway and Page Boulevard (bottom detail); 100 yards away, on Hodiamont Avenue, police found a car that belonged to Ferguson's girlfriend. (Click here for the PDF version of this map)

"This 'G-tube' displayed visible debris, likely blood and/or other body fluids, and appeared unsanitary," the police report reads. "On the protruding end of the tube were probable tools [sic] marks. On the opposite end, which is surgically implanted into the stomach, was the plastic bladder. This portion of the tube indicated that the bladder collapsed. From these indications it is presumed that the 'G-tube' was forcibly removed."

The G-tube is mentioned again on page 31 of the report, which describes a second interview police conducted with Connor Ferguson.

"Connor came home from his last day of school on Monday, which was June 9, 2003, and noticed Christian's 'G-button' missing," investigators write. "Connor said he saw dried blood around where the 'G-button' would go into Christian. He looked for the 'G-button' but could not find it.

"...The day before Christian left the house, [Connor] remembed [sic] that Christian became very sick and he was moaning throughout the afternoon. Connor told Monica about Christian's moaning and his 'G-button' missing. Monica told Connor that she already knew about it and to stay out of the bedroom where Christian was. Connor said that Monica went back to ironing clothes and she didn't do anything for Christian. Connor added that he later checked on Christian. Connor said Christian stopped moaning and was 'staring at the ceiling.' When asked to explain, Connor F. leaned onto the sofa in a horizontal position facing up and rolled his eyes above him, to the wall facing his head. Connor said all he could see was the white part of Christian's eyes."

Near the conclusion of their report, Howell and Dyson theorize that Dawan Ferguson intentionally allowed Christian's health to deteriorate between March and June 2003, and that Dawan kept Theda at bay in order to conceal his increasingly fragile condition. Ferguson, they reason, faced a "dilemma" on June 9, 2003, after Judge Frawley ordered him to "immediately resume visitations" between Thomas and the children or face arrest.

"By this time Christian was drastically unnourished [sic] and under medicated," the report reads. "Connor noticed his older brother as being very thin, saying that 'you could see Christian's bones.' Dawan F. knew of an impending criminal investigation and realized that criminal charges would result in his losing custody of both children and face paying child support as a non-custodial parent. Rather, Dawan F. deliberated and decided to stop giving Christian F. his medications and allow the intrinsic cycle of Christian's genetic disorder to take his life."

Howell and Dyson surmised Ferguson cut off his son's medications entirely on June 9, 2003, and "forcibly and violently removed" the boy's feeding tube the same day. The report suggests Christian slowly faded away, dying sometime on the night of June 10.

Conclude the investigators:

"As Dawan F. finished work with Ozell Scott in the early morning hours of June 11, he traveled to Lakisha Mayes [sic] residence.... Dawan F. took the white plastic bags of Mayes [sic] clothing from his SUV and placed them in Mayes [sic] car. Dawan F. then went to his residence, arriving sometime near the hour of 4:00 a.m. Dawan F. did not attempt to disrupt anyone in his household and simply picked up the body of his dead son, Christian, wrapping him in the blanket, and placed him in the SUV. Dawan F. then drove away and discarded the body of Christian F. in an undisclosed location.

"Near the hour of 5:00 a.m. Dawan F. drove his SUV to...326 Ronbar, located at the end of a dead end street. He left the vehicle unlocked, with the keys in the ignition and all the property in the vehicle.

"Dawan F. then walked less than a mile to Lakisha Mayes [sic] home, and used a spare set of keys to drive away in Mayes [sic] vehicle.... Dawan F. parked Mayes [sic] vehicle, taking the keys and locking it, on...Hodiamont and walked to the public telephone at 6104 Page Avenue, a distance of less than 100 yards.

"Dawan F. telephoned 911 from this location and reported his vehicle stolen and his ill son, Christian F., still in the vehicle."


"Dear Chief Mokwa," Theda Thomas wrote on January 24, 2007.

"Please answer the following: 1. What has your department done since January 6, 2005 to locate Christian? 2. Is the investigation into Christian's disappearance complete? 3. Has a suspect been named in the Christian Ferguson case?"

Thomas carried on with nine more queries, concluding with, "Why are black or minority missing child cases handled different from white missing child cases?"

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