Grandfather could be link to missing boy

October 17, 2008 12:53:59 PM PDT
Investigators in Las Vegas say they're looking for the grandfather of a kidnapped 6-year-old boy with the hope he can lead them to the child. The boy, Cole Puffinburger, was abducted from a Las Vegas home by men posing as police officers.

Police Capt. Vincent Cannito said Friday that 51-year-old Clemens Fred Tinnemeyer of Las Vegas was a person of interest in the nationwide search for Cole.

Cannito says authorities think the grandfather was involved in drug dealing with Mexican nationals, and the boy's kidnapping was a "message."

Tinnemeyer was last seen in May and reported missing Sept. 11.

A nationwide Amber Alert remains in effect after two Hispanic men tied up Cole's mother and her boyfriend at their house Wednesday and abducted him.

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