OPD Name Suspect in Hasanni Campbell Case - NBC Bay Area

OPD Name Suspect in Hasanni Campbell Case

The Hasanni Campbell case is still clearly a very active investigation for the Oakland police.



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    Louis Ross makes a plea for his foster son Hasanni Campbell during a vigil in Oakland.

    Oakland police announced new details of their ongoing investigation on the first anniversary of a high profile missing child's case.

    Hasanni Campbell was reported missing by his foster father Louis Ross one year ago today and today police called Ross their one and only suspect. Lt. Gus Galindo said he believes the little boy met foul play at the hands of Ross.

     Galindo said Ross, 39, "was not forthright" in his  interviews with police and said, "I want to bring him to justice."

    Ross and Hasanni's foster mother, Jennifer Campbell, were both arrested early on in the case, but they were released because of lack of evidence.

    Both have since left the Bay Area, but are still in the sights of investigators.  Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said Tuesday, "We know where they are."

    Galindo said he hopes to make an arrest in the case, which is clearly still an active investigation in the OPD.

    Galindo said he went out of state with members of the FBI just two weeks ago to interview Campbell, who she says remains person of interest.

    Galindo also said he believes Hasanni never made it to the Oakland shoe store last Aug. 10 as Ross claimed.  Galindo said he hopes that citizens will provide more information  about Hasanni's disappearance so the investigation can be concluded and Ross  can be charged.

     Oakland attorney John Burris, who consulted with Ross and Campbell  after Hasanni disappeared, said today that he hasn't had any contact with  them in a while.
    Burris said he thinks it was a mistake for Oakland police to  arrest Ross and Campbell last August because he believes it impeded the  investigation into Hasanni's disappearance.

    In the past 365 days, the missing child's case has received lots of media attention, but little public interest.  Vigils often drew as few as five  people and weekend searches consisted of only a dozen dedicated strangers.  In the beginning his foster parents and some family members took part in the vigils and the searches, but they have faded away along with any leads in the case.
    The one woman who still speaks up on behalf of the child is Sherri-Lynn Miller.  Miller is a t-shirt maker by trade and volunteered early in the case to help in any way she could.

    Although she had never met Hasanni prior to his disappearance, for the last several months Miller is the only one who continues to speak on his behalf.  Miller, along with Tena Oakley, Celina Carleton, Gary Savell Sr and Jr. and Wayne Slack founded the group Citizens for the Lost Society which opened its headquarters at her San Leandro print shop this weekend.
    Miller says she still believes one or both of Hasanni's foster parents have information they are not telling authorities about his disappearance.
    To mark the one year anniversary Tuesday, Miller and a few others will meet with Alameda County  Chief Deputy District Attorney Tom Rogers to discuss any possible new  developments in the case.

    They will then hold a rally  outside the D.A. office in Oakland at 4 p.m. and hold a vigil at a nearby church.