“We got’m,” the emotional words from a delighted father, Robert Puffinburger, after his 6-year-old son was found walking a street in northeast Las Vegas, not far from the Strip last night. A tip from a citizen alerted police to the boy’s whereabouts. Puffinburger, Las Vegas police and detectives spoke to reporters at an early morning news conference.
Las Vegas Police Captain Vincent Cannito says, “… Cole is in extremely good condition.” However, the investigation is not over. Authorities indicated they have shifted their focus now to the narcotics angle of their probe.
Cole was snatched from his Las Vegas home last Wednesday by suspected drug dealers. Authorities think the boy’s maternal grandfather, Clemons Fred Tinnemeyer, may have stolen millions from a Mexican drug gang. Tinnemeyer, who was a person of interest in the case, was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Friday night in Riverside.
Police have another person of interest in custody and are continuing a search for a third, Jesus Gastelum.