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January 11, 2014

Anderson police following leads for missing infant

ANDERSON, Mo. — Anderson police on Saturday said they had followed up on more than 100 leads as they continued to search for the biological parents of an infant who they believe may have been taken from the home of his great-grandfather.

Police said the great-grandfather had legal custody.

On Friday night, Anderson police issued an Amber Alert for 6-month-old Mitchell Farris, who has been missing since Thursday, Jan. 2.

Police Chief Donavan Pierson said the possible leads were called in by the community and family members of the infant’s biological parents.

Cpl. Mike Willet, with the Anderson Police Department, said he did not have details on the reason the child was removed from the custody of the biological parents and placed in protective custody with the great-grandfather, who lives at Riverview Apartments in Anderson.

Police allege the father, Preston Farris, 34, of Noel, took the child without force from the great-grandfather’s apartment.

Police believe Preston Farris is traveling with Anastasia McDaniel, 30, also of Noel, the biological mother.

Willet said Preston Farris as a 5-foot-10 white man weighing 230 pounds, with brown hair.

McDaniel is a 5-foot-8 white female weighing about 200 pounds, with light red or strawberry blond hair.

He also said they may be driving a red 2004 Ford Freestar minivan with the Missouri license plate UH7D2R.

Anyone with information on the subjects or the child is asked to contact local law enforcement or the Anderson Police Department at 417-845-2681.

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