Search for missing 6-year-old boy intensifies

AURORA, Colo. (KDVR) -- Dive crews were checking a small pond at Olympic Park on Tuesday as the search for missing 6-year-old boy David Puckett entered its fourth day with no hard clues on his whereabouts, the Aurora Police Department said.

Sgt. Chris Amsler said the pond at at East Yale Avenue and South Chambers Road will be drained as a precaution if needed. There is no evidence the boy fell into it, he said.

A $10,000 reward is being offered for locating the boy, who was last seen at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the 15700 block of East Amherst Place.

The search ramped up Monday after an Amber Alert was issued by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

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Police have received several tips but none have panned out, Amsler said.

Vehicles leaving the south Aurora neighborhood at the center of the search near Olympic Park (15501 E Yale Ave.) were stopped at checkpoints, while bloodhounds were working and federal agents canvassed the area.

A command center has been set up at David's school, Dartmouth Elementary. On Tuesday morning, officers with the Aurora Police Department and FBI agents were stopping vehicles in front of the school, looking in trunks and asking if anyone has seen the boy.

Staff members return from winter break on Tuesday and students on Wednesday, and grief counselors will be made available, Aurora Public Schools said.

Police are also talking to known sex offenders in the area. The boy's family is fully cooperating and the home has been searched several times, police said.

At least 10 federal, state and local agencies have been helping search for the boy, who is under 4-foot and weighs 55 pounds. Police said the search is still focused on a 2.5 mile-radius area.

The public is being asked to search their properties, sheds, garages, abandoned cars -- anywhere a small boy could hide.

Several volunteers helped search for the boy on Sunday, but police have said the public's help searching in the area isn't needed because of the large presence of law enforcement and the use of bloodhounds.

Three tip lines are set up for the case: 303-739-1865, 303-739-1868 and 303-739-1870. Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can also be contacted at 720-913-7867.

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