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Questions remain in Amber Alert hoax

Posted January 1, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— More than seven months after an Amber Alert was issued for a Johnston County boy who was never missing, local and federal authorities continue to investigate the hoax.

A woman said 3-year-old Siraj Munir "Roji" Davenport disappeared from Brightleaf Flea Market, on U.S. Highway 301 South in Smithfield, on May 18 while she was loading groceries in her car.

Smithfield police, Johnston County deputies and the FBI searched for the boy on the ground and with the aid of a helicopter for three days before determining he hadn't been abducted and the report of his disappearance was false.

Investigators haven't said whether the woman who made the report, Rosnah Thomason, was the boy's mother.

"She say, 'I lost my boy,'" said Medel Flores, who owns a store at the flea market and was working when Thomason reported the boy missing.

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Flores said the woman was reluctant to call 911.

"She say, 'No, I wait a little bit,'" she said.

A friend of the family told WRAL News the child was actually overseas at the time the report was made.

The FBI declined to comment on the case, saying it remains under investigation.

David Davenport, the boy's father, was reportedly out of the country at the time. He said Thursday the his son doesn't live with him anymore. He didn't elaborate on the boy's whereabouts.

When they determined the case was a hoax in May, investigators said the boy was safe and with family.

Davenport said he wants to tell his side of the story, but he can't because of the FBI investigation.

"There might be a point in time in the future when I can," he said.

Thomason still lives with him, he said.

People who helped search for the boy said the hoax still frustrates them.

"You sit and wonder, why would someone do something like this? Maybe she had her reasons (for having) all the people looking," said Wendy Ivey, who assisted in the ground search.


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  • SWEET-N-SOUR Jan 2, 2009

    I agree Hokie 94.....that was our tax dollars not to mention time wasted. There should even be criminal charges against her. Maybe people will think twice about making false police reports. Is the woman that made the false report legal? There are alot of unanswered questions in this story.

  • areyououtofyourmind Jan 2, 2009

    Hokie - see:

    Every country in North America with Canada the lone exception has more murders per capita than the US. For example, US has 5 per 100,000 residents. Mexico has 25; Guatemala has 45; Honduras has 50; El Salvador has 55.

    We hear about all the murders in the US because we live in the US.

  • baileysmom3 Jan 2, 2009

    if my husband did this, i'd file a missing person report also. am I reading this right? the man took off with the baby and went to another country without letting anyone know, thats kinda screwed up.

  • airbornemonty Jan 2, 2009

    Since North Carolina seems to have a law about everything else, why isn't there a law against perpetratintg a false alarm like this?

  • anonemoose Jan 1, 2009

    Just something else to screw up what should have been a good thing. This was exactly what it was intended for, not parental child custody deals like the current one going on.

  • John Q Public Jan 1, 2009

    Oy! This story just confuses me.

  • 911girl4life Jan 1, 2009

    Hokie94, I don't know what research would show but I've lived in Johnston Co all my life and like we've always said, "if it's gonna happen, it's gonna happen in JoCo". The person who filed the false police report should be charged and have to pay the county and state back every penny it had to spend trying to find this child. I'm just thankful he was safe the whole time.

  • FromClayton Jan 1, 2009

    wonder how much money this is costing the taxpayers? She should have to pay back every cent of it!

  • VT1994Hokie Jan 1, 2009

    This is a total waste of our Law Enforcement time and energy. And not only these people, but others that were involved in this situation. This person or persons should be held accountable.

    I don't know what the other readers on here think but, does this county attract more attention than any other county in this region when it comes to murder, and other violent crime? I would like to know the research.