All of the older stuff from the original post is down below in the extended entry.
I have come across several reports this evening that Cole Puffinburger’s mother may have had something to do with his disappearance and that she used the kidnapping to locate her father.
Lt. Clint Nichols from the Las Vegas Police Department testified today at a custody hearing for Cole just those allegations, that the kidnapping represented a message to Puffinburger’s father Clemens Fred Tinnemeyer and that she purposefully spread rumors about the kidnapping to locate the drug trafficking suspect.
The custody hearing was an attempt by Cole’s father Robert Puffinburger to get custody of his son away from his ex-wife. I don’t know anything at all about Puffinburger but it’s a pretty safe bet that if she used her son like this he should go to the father.
Law Enforcement officers are still looking for a Mexican citizen, Jesus Gastelum as a person of interest in the case.
The family and friends of the little boy are very lucky that he was found, as was Cole himself. I was really thinking this would end up looking pretty ugly. The Amber Alert for Cole had been canceled yesterday since they figured it had pretty much run it’s course and wasn’t generating any more useful leads in the search
Update – Steve Huff pretty much got the scoop on this one, so I am just going to give a brief synopsis of what’s going on in this case and then you can go over to his site and read the rest.
Basically Clemens Tinnemeyer, Cole’s grandfather is wanted in connection with this case. He is currently in hiding since a Mexican drug cartel thinks (and may be correct) that Tinnemeyer took about $8 Million from them. They couldn’t locate him so found what they thought was the next best thing, his daughter and grandson, which makes Cole Puffinburger’s kidnapping nothing but plain old retaliation. Kidnappings are pretty common in Latin America particularly in connection with drugs. Head on over to True Crime Report and you can read the whole sordid story.
I am taking this straight from the Las Vegas Sun and will update the story later if needed. Just wanted to get this up and help get the word out.
Las Vegas, NV:
An Amber Alert has been issued for a 6-year-old Las Vegas boy kidnapped this morning during a home invasion and robbery, Metro Police said.
Metro Police Lt. Clint Nichols pleaded with three men who took the boy from his home in northeastern Las Vegas to return the child safely to a school, hospital or convenience store.
The child, Cole Puffinburger, was kidnapped at gunpoint shortly after 7 a.m., when three men posing as police officers knocked on a front door near Hollywood Boulevard and Cherry Grove Avenue, police said.
The crime appears to be random, police said, adding that the mother didn’t know the men.
The child’s mother let the three men inside the home. The trio then tied up the woman, son and another man. When they didn’t find money inside the house, they took the boy, police said.
The boy is described as 3-foot-11 weighing 48 pounds and wearing a black John Cena sweatshirt with stars on it, dark jeans and black Vans tennis shoes. He also wears silver-rimmed glasses.
Two of the suspected robbers were identified only as two Hispanic men, police said. A third man has shoulder-length hair that is slicked back. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.