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Vanishing Act: Scenes from a Kidnapping 

Christian Ferguson disappeared in 2003. Police think they've fingered the culprit -- there's just nothing they can do about it.
Courtesy of Theda Thomas
"Christian Ferguson.

Vanishing Act: Six years after the fact, the disappearan
"Theda Thomas regained custody of Connor Ferguson in 2007, after an eight-year court battle.

"Dawan Ferguson's SUV -- which he told police had been stolen with his son Christian in it -- was found in the 300 block of Ronbar Lane in Ferguson.

"Ferguson's girlfriend's home in the 900 block of Disco Drive was a half-mile from where his SUV was found.

"Police found Lakisha Mayes' gold Chevrolet Malibu the day of Christian Ferguson's kidnapping, parked near Page and Hodiamont avenues. "Please note where Mayes [sic] vehicle was recovered is a distance of less than 100 yards from the public telephone Daw
"The Fergusons lived in this Pine Lawn home in the 3700 block of Sylvan Place for a year before Christian went missing. St. Louis police investigators later combed the house for evidence.

"From across Page Boulevard, you can see the pay phone Ferguson called from (to the right of the telephone pole) and, around the corner, the stretch of Hodiamont Avenue where his girlfriend's car was receovered.

"The payphone from which Dawan Ferguson called the ER to say his son, Christian Ferguson, was violently ill. During this phone call, Ferguson said his SUV was stolen with his son Christian in it.

"Connor Ferguson and his mother, Theda Thomas, leaf through photos of Christian Ferguson, Connor's older brother, who at the age of nine went missing in an apparent kidnapping.

Courtesy of Theda Thomas
"Christian Ferguson.

Vanishing Act: Six years after the fact, the disappearan

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