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Ways to help family of missing Fruitland boy

A candlelight prayer circle is set for Wednesday. Friends of Michael Vaughan's family have set up a meal train. Cards or notes of love and support are also welcome.
Credit: Courtesy Vaughan Family
Michael Vaughan was 5 years old when he went missing July 27, 2021, from Fruitland, Idaho.

FRUITLAND, Idaho — Fruitland Police and members of several other agencies investigating the disappearance of Michael Joseph "Monkey" Vaughan continue excavating and searching a house and backyard for possible remains or other evidence. As of Monday, Nov. 21, police have not revealed what, if anything, they have found. A woman living at that house has been arrested, but proceedings in her case are now on hold.

Meanwhile, Vaughan's family waits for word about the boy, who was 5 years old when he was last seen on July 27, 2021. Over the weekend, the family sent a statement to KTVB's Maggie O'Mara:

"“We are so appreciative of the support of our community, Michael’s community. Prayers and well wishes are felt, and the warm meals are a major comfort. We are truly overwhelmed by the love and support coming in from everyone. Please keep Michael in your prayers as we wait for Law Enforcement to bring him home.”

A candlelight prayer circle is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 23 in the gazebo at Fruitland Community Park.

"We want to pray for the Vaughan family, for Michael, for law enforcement, for search and rescue, and for all others close to this case. Pray for answers, for healing and for strength to see this through," says a Facebook group post about the prayer circle.

Friends of the family also have established a meal train and set up an Amazon Holiday Wish List.

A community Facebook group and the Find Michael Vaughan website have more information about ways to support the family.

A simple card or note for the family is also welcome. O'Mara said they can be sent to KTVB, and she'll make sure the family gets them. Mail a card or note to:

The Vaughan Family

c/o KTVB

5407 W. Fairview Ave.

Boise, ID 83706 

Finally, investigators want to hear from anyone with information about Michael's disappearance. Submit tips to Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS (208-343-2677) or email findmichael@fruitland.org.

Many of you have reached out to me asking how you can help the Vaughan family. Right now, this sweet family is dealing...

Posted by Maggie O'Mara on Monday, November 21, 2022

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