The search for 3-year-old Elijah Vue of Two Rivers: Here's what we know.

TWO RIVERS — The search for Elijah Vue, a missing 3-year-old boy from Two Rivers, continues as multiple law enforcement agencies and hundreds of volunteers from Two Rivers and neighboring communities are part of the effort.

Here's what we know about the search:

Elijah Vue's mother, Two Rivers man charged with child neglect

Elijah's mother, Katrina Baur, 31, of Wisconsin Dells was charged with party-to-a-crime child neglect Friday afternoon in Manitowoc County Circuit Court. Jesse Vang, 39, of Two Rivers was charged with child neglect.

In a statement to the court, Manitowoc County District Attorney Jacalyn LaBre said Baur had sent Elijah to stay with Vang for disciplinary purposes. Baur wasn't in Two Rivers when Elijah disappeared.

A $15,000 cash bond was set for Baur, while a $20,000 cash bond was set for Vang. Initial appearance hearings for both are scheduled for Feb. 26.

Elijah Vue has been missing since Tuesday morning

An Amber Alert was issued for Elijah on Tuesday afternoon. He's been missing since Tuesday morning. Police said the boy's caretaker reported they last saw Elijah at 8 a.m. and called local law enforcement at 10:59 a.m. Tuesday.

Police describe Elijah as being of Hmong and white ethnicity with dark brown hair and brown eyes. He's about 3 feet tall and has a birthmark on his left knee.

Elijah, a 3-year-old boy from Two Rivers, is missing Feb. 20. The Two Rivers Police Department has asked the public for help with finding him.
Elijah, a 3-year-old boy from Two Rivers, is missing Feb. 20. The Two Rivers Police Department has asked the public for help with finding him.

He was last seen wearing gray pants, a dark-colored, long-sleeve shirt and a pair of red-and-green dinosaur slip-on shoes. He may also be carrying a red-and-white plaid blanket.

FBI, many other agencies are part of the search for Elijah Vue

In a Facebook post Thursday night, the Two Rivers Police Department said a large number of law enforcement agencies, municipal and county agencies and missing children organizations are part of the effort to find Elijah.

The law enforcement agencies include the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations, the Manitowoc Police Department, the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Office and the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office. The effort includes K9 searches, boat and UTV searches and an air search from the Wisconsin Army National Guard.

The department said the search has included local rivers and landfills used by garbage collections in Manitowoc County.

Manitowoc Police Officer Nick Place and K-9 dog Major search along Bellevue Place near 43rd Street in Two Rivers in search of missing 3-year-old Elijah Vue.
Manitowoc Police Officer Nick Place and K-9 dog Major search along Bellevue Place near 43rd Street in Two Rivers in search of missing 3-year-old Elijah Vue.

The department asked the public in and around Two Rivers to:

  • Check anywhere a small child could hide, climb or fall.

  • Check your own property for any items that don’t belong to you, which could include anything from Elijah; the red, white and black plaid blanket; or dinosaur-printed shoes.

  • Check your surveillance systems from Feb. 12 through Feb. 20. Look for anyone matching Elijah’s description in your surveillance footage. You can also search public land for the aforementioned items or anything you feel relevant to this investigation.

The department said tips can be called in to the tip line at 1-844-267-6648 or the Two Rivers Police Dispatch at 920-686-7200 immediately.

Two Rivers police chief details the search for Elijah Vue, asks public to avoid rumors

At a press conference Wednesday night at the Two Rivers City Hall, Police Chief Ben Meinnert said the search efforts have brought teams through neighborhoods, parks and wooded areas.

"Since the moment Elijah was reported missing, our law enforcement from local, state and federal agencies, along with dedicated volunteers and community members, have been working tirelessly around the clock to search every inch of our city and beyond into the county," Meinnert said.

He said the search has been assisted by hundreds of volunteers.

"I want to take a moment to express our deepest gratitude to everyone who has volunteered their time, resources and support to assist in the search for Elijah," Meinnert said.

He asked the public to refrain from spreading rumors and false information about the search or investigation.

The community also held a candlelight vigil for Elijah on Wednesday at the St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Parish in Two Rivers.

Alisa M. Schafer is a reporter for the Herald Times Reporter in Manitowoc. She can be reached by email at aschafer@gannett.com.

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