Emporia Police upgrades lacking youngster case to felony-level aggravated custody interference incident

The Emporia police investigation into a missing child will continue on Tuesday.

Police Sgt. Lisa Hayes said officers were given numerous tips about the disappearance of 2-year-old Kyrese Cabrera-Downs, particularly in connection with the location of his grandmother, 41-year-old Jessica Downs. Hayes says there were tips the boy gave to his birth father Devin Downs in Augusta. Augusta Police interviewed the elderly Downs who allowed his home to be searched. The child was not found.

Tips later led authorities to Topeka, where officials said Jessica Downs was spotted at a gas station. Topeka police replied but found neither grandmother nor child.

While the investigation continues, Emporia Police are now treating the case as a serious crime-level disruption to the custody incident. Hayes says the case did not reach the level of an AMBER alert as there is still no sign of kidnapping or imminent danger to the child.

Cabrera-Downs is a mixed race child. He is about 25 pounds with brown hair and eyes.

Jessica Downs is a white woman. She is 41, 5-foot-8, 165 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

Both may be traveling with Nathan Shown, a white man aged 39. Shown wasn’t listed in the Emporia Police Update on Tuesday morning. Depicted is 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes.

The Emporia Police are still encouraging people to move forward with tips. If you have any information, contact Emporia Police at 620-343-4225 or Lyon County Crime Stoppers at 620 342-2273. Also, use or the P3Tips mobile app to send tips. Lyon County Crime Stoppers has a reward of up to $ 1,000 for information leading to the resolution of this case.

Click here to read Monday’s original KVOE News story.

Click here for legal information on tightened encroachment on custody cases in the Kansas Legislature.

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