Police in Buffalo, New York, found two kilos of what’s believed to be cocaine in a hotel room, near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, where three Florida people were staying before they went missing, the Buffalo News reported on Friday, Sept. 20.
Investigators found two coolers, one of which had the suspected cocaine, about 4.4 pounds, while the other was empty.
The drugs could be worth tens of thousands of dollars, according to ClickOrlando.
The discovery of the drugs could help police determine what the three people who all live in Longwood, Orlando, were doing in Buffalo.
According to the Buffalo News, police in Buffalo began investigating early Monday when a woman found a 3-year-old boy sleeping on her porch. Hours later on Monday evening, Sept. 16, a burned out car with two yet-to-be-identified bodies inside was found about a mile away, behind a storage facility on Tonawanda Street in the Black Rock neighborhood of Buffalo. The boy’s parents, Nicole Merced Plaud, 24, and Miguel Anthony Valentin-Colon, 31, and family friend Dhamyl Mirella Roman-Audiffred, 29, are missing.
The trio were last seen Saturday near Orlando and are believed to have arrived in Buffalo late Sunday night, according to police.
Police said that it could take up to four weeks to identify the remains because of the state of them, but the families of Merced-Plaud and Valentin-Colon fear they are the ones whose remains were in a charred vehicle which was determined as a white Chrysler Pacifica that the missing parents had rented in Florida.
“I can’t stress enough the vehicle was completely incinerated and the contents were nothing but ashes,” Buffalo Police Capt. Jeff Rinaldo said at a news conference on Thursday.
“This is still a missing persons investigation … running alongside with now a homicide investigation. Potentially all three of them are still alive. We have not identified the people in the vehicle,” Rinaldo added.
Police released two surveillance videos on Thursday of two persons of interest who were walking away from the car after apparently setting it on fire.
Rinaldo said that the videos are extremely important to the police department’s case.
“It gives us a timeline as to when the fire started. It gives us a timeline of how the child was not inside the vehicle. It gives us now two people who were present when this car started on fire, so it’s extremely important to us,” Rinaldo said.
The little boy, Noelvin, is in good health and in the custody of Erie County Child Protective Services. His grandmother, Zenaida Colon, of Florida, filed for custody. Colon has a custody petition hearing on Oct. 9.
Anyone with any information about the missing persons case or homicide investigation is asked to call the Buffalo Police Department’s confidential tip line at 716-847-2255 or the homicide unit at 716-851-4444.