Police arrest father of Liberian American boy, 10, found in river

policeePolice on Monday arrested the father of a 10-year-old boy who had been missing for nearly a month before his body was found in the Mississippi River over the weekend.

Pierre Collins was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of Barway Collins, Crystal Police Chief Stephanie K. Revering said in a news release. The Hennepin County Jail online inmate roster listed Pierre Collins, 33, in custody Monday afternoon.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s office received the case from police on Monday, said Chuck Laszewski, a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office. Charges could be filed as soon as Tuesday afternoon, he said.

Pierre Collins has said he is innocent. A message left by The Associated Press on his home telephone Monday for comment was not immediately returned.

Volunteers had helped search for the missing fourth-grader in recent weeks. His body was found Saturday by searchers from a Boy Scout troop, who then notified authorities.

Officials said the body was discovered about 10 feet from the river’s edge in Brooklyn Center. Revering said authorities have electronic evidence that shows Pierre Collins was in that area of the river at the time the boy disappeared.

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