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1 Week Later, Siler City Boy Remains Missing

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Edwin Gonzales and Jorge Aguilera
PITTSBORO, N.C. — Investigators are still following leads in the disappearance of a 2-year-old Siler City boy, but said Monday that they have led to little, if any, information about the child's whereabouts.
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    1 Week Later, Siler City Boy Remains Missing

    "We are running every lead as far as we can," said Chatham County Sheriff Richard Webster.

    Investigators believe Jorge Aguilera, 29, took his son, Edwin Gonzales, during a staged home invasion early Oct. 1 from the boy's mother's home. He and four men allegedly restrained the mother and two other occupants of the residence with duct tape and threatened to kill them if they did not turn over the child.

    Hours later, an Amber Alert was issued in both North Carolina and South Carolina. The vehicle they were believed to have been traveling in was later recovered in Charlotte.

    One day after Gonzales had been missing, two men, Lorenzo Coria, 18, and Marcelino Tomas, 28, were arrested, but have said very little. Both men are in the Chatham County Jail on burglary and kidnapping charges. Each is being held under $500,000 bond.

    Webster said the investigation is slowing because of a lack of information. One lead last week took investigators to the Charlotte area, but no new information resulted.

    Nine FBI agents were assigned to the case. A week later, the number of federal agents investigating has been cut in half

    "It's kind of frustrating, because I think we've kind of run everything locally," Webster said. "I think I can tell you, he's not in Chatham County."

    The case is now profiled on

    America's Most Wanted's Web site

    and on the Web site for the

    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

    . Investigators hope the profiles on the sites will prompt some new tips.

    As days add up, however, authorities said it becomes increasingly unlikely they will find Gonzales or Aguilera.

    Gonzales is 3 feet tall, weighs about 25 pounds, has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and a diaper.

    Aguilera is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 145 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes and is considered armed and dangerous.

    Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Chatham County's Sheriff's Office at 919-542-2911 or local law enforcement.


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