Buffalo Police finding connections between toddler, burned-out car, missing persons with local ties

Andrew Hyman
Updated: September 20, 2019 09:20 AM
Created: September 19, 2019 10:50 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WHEC) – Buffalo Police say they have made a connection between a burned-out car and a three-year-old boy found on a person’s porch earlier this week.

On Thursday, police announced they found two bodies inside the car, but are still looking for three people connected to its rental, including a person with ties to the Rochester area.

"This is a horrific, horrific crime," said Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo.

Police released new surveillance video on Thursday which shows two people walking to and away from what appears to be the burning car.

Rinaldo says the fire was intense and put itself out by the time crews discovered it.

"This is a very complicated case involving missing persons, a juvenile, and now a homicide," Rinaldo said.

Rinaldo says at this time they cannot confirm if the bodies found in the car, or the people running, have any relation to the three people still considered missing.

Among the missing are the child's parents and a family friend with ties to the Rochester area. Police have identified the friend as Dhamyl Mirella Roman-Audiffred, a man who once lived in Webster.

News10NBC reached out to Audiffred’s brother who lives in Puerto Rico. He declined to comment on camera, but through an interpreter told us he did not know his brother was heading to New York and says he's hurt to hear that he is missing.

"We want to catch the people responsible for this," said Rinaldo.

In the meantime, authorities say they are counting on the public to look at the video and help them with any leads.

“No little piece of information is useless," added Rinaldo.

Police say they will continue to look for more surveillance footage to assist them. According to Rinaldo, the camera which caught the recent footage is an infrared camera and may not be showing an accurate description of the people on camera.

News10NBC will continue to follow this story as more details emerge.

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