Police have received just 50 tips
about possible sightings of 5-year-old Hasanni Campbell in the week since he was reported missing.
When 8-year-old Sandra Cantu of Tracy went missing, 477 tips rolled into police in the first five days of her disappearance.
None of the tips or the searches of Oakland neighborhoods, the parklands of Coyote Hills near Fremont and the marshland area along the Hayward shoreline have turned up anything, police said.
There also is a lack of community support
in the search for the missing boy with cerebral palsy. There were just a handful of people at a vigil this afternoon.
In the case of Cantu, whose body was found April 6 in a suitcase in an irrigation pond near the mobile home park where she lived, searches brought out at least 300 people. Neighbor Melissa Huckaby, 28, has been indicted on five counts of kidnapping, raping and killing her.
"I'm sick to my stomach there aren't more people out here," said Charity Edmondson, a friend of Jennifer Campbell's, the missing boy's aunt and foster mother. "It's heart wrenching. (Campbell) would go across the world to look for someone's child."
Ross said his family has been cooperating with authorities, although he felt police believed he and Campbell did something wrong. Today he was emotional and crying while speaking about the boy.
"He was a damn child. ... That's why we care. If we didn't, who would?" Ross said. "He sat in foster care for two years, and his sister sat in foster care for two months."
Ross said there has been a lot of "speculation" about what happened to Hasanni. "These were our children," he said. "Don't try to take that from us. We've fought for them."
The boy's younger sister is not with the couple because she was placed in protective custody last week while the police investigation is ongoing.