Dad of missing toddler fears 2-year-old son was abducted

The father of a 22-month-old Kentucky boy missing since Sunday night is offering $5,000 for the safe return of his son.

Relatives told WYMT that Kenneth Howard could have walked out the back door of his Salyersville home at 7:30 p.m. The missing boy’s father, Elden Howard, said Tuesday that he’s unsure what happened to his son but it’s possible that somebody “picked him up.”

“It’s just like he disappeared. No sign, no nothing,” Elden said. “That’s the reason I’m starting to think we can’t find him.”

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Elden also revealed to the news station that he’s offering $5,000 for his son’s safe return, no questions asked.

A second search for Kenneth was temporarily suspended Monday night. Crews picked up their search Tuesday morning, with WYMT reporting that Kentucky State Police have now taken over the ongoing missing persons investigation from the Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities have indicated that the terrain surrounding Kenneth’s home is treacherous; with Chief of Magoffin County Search and Rescue Carter Conley describing the search area as steep and muddy. In addition to on-foot volunteers, rescue crews have elicited the help of helicopters, drones equipped with thermal cameras, canines, and off-road vehicles, in their search for the missing toddler.

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[Featured image: Kenneth Howard/Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office]