Amber Alert: 2-Year-Old Isaiah Perez Found, Investigation Continues

By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
August 12, 2013 Updated: August 12, 2013

Isaiah Perez, 2, went missing after a double homicide at his home in Rhode Island Sunday at about 5:20 a.m. He was found Sunday night wandering around the Chad Brown Housing project in Providence. Investigators say it is unclear how he got there, as he had gone missing from 3 Oaktree Drive in Johnston, R.I.

The Providence Journal reports that two other children were at the house during the homicide, and the other two children are healthy and safe. Investigators have not released the names of the homicide victims until they are positively identified, but the Journal reports police said Perez is the child of one of the victims.

On Sunday, police arrested two men in relation to the homicide: Malcolm Crowell, 22, and Daniel Rodriguez, 27 or 28. Police have not said what connection the men have to the victims.

Johnston Deputy Police Chief Daniel Parrillo told the Daily News that Crowell is cooperating with the investigators and no charges have been made.

“We are still looking at him as a suspect,” Parrillo said.

Mark Palmer, who works with the network Jessica’s Law Now helping find missing and exploited children, told the Daily News the delay in getting a photo of the toddler up on the amber alert system was unacceptable. The photo of the boy was not published until 2:30 p.m., about nine hours after he was first reported missing.

Palmer said: “Time is of the essence when it comes to finding a missing child. It can mean the difference in finding a child dead or alive.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.