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Amber Alert: Police retrace steps, question second sex offender

May 29--In a news conference on Friday, Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield said 240 people affiliated with the apartment complex in which Nevaeh's mother lives were interviewed on Thursday. He said of the 530 tips received, 422 have been processed. He also said no results on the items sent have yet been received from the crime lab.

He reiterated that Roy Smith and George Kennedy are both persons of interest.

Crutchfield repeated the phone number that people are to call if they have information on this case. That phone number is 734.243.7070.


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MONROE, MI (WTOL) - People are wearing yellow ribbons and yellow shirts Friday to show their support for finding 5-year-old Nevaeh Buchanan.

A search party will gather at 4:30 p.m. at the Monroe K-Mart parking lot Friday. They will search fields behind Victory Honda and the mall in Monroe.

Investigators have thoroughly searched two quarries in Monroe.

"The searchers have produced numerous articles in their searches. We continue to evaluate these pieces of property," says Sheriff Tilman Crutchfield of Monroe County.

George Kennedy remains a person of interest. He's said to be the boyfriend of Neveah's mom.

Second sex offender questioned

Also, we learned Thursday a second sex offender, Roy Smith, is being questioned in the case. Investigators say he is an associate of Kennedy and of Neveah's mom. A search warrant News 11 obtained says Smith may have loaned the van to Kennedy in which a bloody tool was found.

Kennedy remains a person of interest

Earlier this week detectives executed a search warrant inside a room at Motel 7 in Monroe where Kennedy reportedly lived.

According to the search warrant, bloodstained shorts and a towel, blood on a wall in the bathroom and a bloody tool inside a van were found.

"Any evidence that we've collected of his or from him is being processed," says Crutchfield.

He's not the only person of interest in this case. That's why investigators ask the public not to place judgment on Kennedy just yet. "Because you may miss other things that become very important later on," says Edward Hanko, FBI assistant special agent.

They still want any information people might have even if they think it won't help.

"The ultimate goal obviously is to get her back alive and hopefully make an arrest in this matter," says Hanko.

Investigators say they won't stop searching until they've found Nevaeh Buchanan.

"As long as it takes," says Sheriff Crutchfield.

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