Harry Howell has retired from the police department and is working overseas. He declined to comment for this article, citing the fact that the case remains open. For the same reason, police spokeswoman Erica Van Ross denied RFT's request to interview the other author of the police report on the Ferguson case, Jerome Dyson.

Van Ross says the department remains committed to investigating any new leads that come its way. "Those who love Christian Ferguson deserve answers, and if a crime was committed against him, he, his loved ones and the community, deserve justice," Van Ross writes in a prepared statement. "We believe there are individuals who have information regarding this case, but who have so far, been unwilling to disclose it."

John Rogers declined to make his client available to comment for this story. "There've been a million people dying to speak to Dawan," Rogers explains. "We made a collective decision to take our hits from the media rather than put his spin on things. It has proven successful. He hasn't been charged, I think, in part, because he hasn't been running his mouth and letting out any detail that the prosecutors could twist and turn any way they want to.

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)

"Dawan Ferguson," Rogers emphasizes, "continues to insist that Christian was abducted."

Find part one of "Vanishing Act" atwww.dailyrft.com/christianferguson, along with police documents from the case and a slide show of locations from the kidnapping.

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