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Fruitland businesses on search for missing boy: 'It's rough'

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Missing poster of Michael Vaughan in Fruitland (Trevor Fay)

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Tuesday will mark one week since a five-year-old Michael Vaughan disappeared in Fruitland.

Right now police aren't saying much. The Fruitland PD is in its sixth day of searching for Vaughan, he's considered missing and endangered.

Some people in Fruitland have an even bleaker view.

"It's not pointless, obviously. But you can only do so much for so long," Melissa Lincoln, a childcare provider, said.

Although hope for a positive outcome to this case is dwindling among some, signs are being placed around Vaughan's neighborhood urging people to turn on blue lights, a way to call attention to his missing status.

And keeping Vaughan's profile high will be important.

Authorities are still using dogs to search the streets around Vaughan's home, hoping to pick up his sent. Progress is slow, and stress is building on the family.

"It's gonna suck," Lincoln said. "It's gonna be a long, tiring process, but I hope you get the answers you're wanting."

According to the folks at Fruitland City Hall, no new updates are available in the search for Vaughan. According to the Fruitland Police Department, more updates will be made available in the form of press releases. They expect to have more info available soon.

Local business owners are offering their best wishes in the search for Vaughan.

From the day care, to the barber shop.

"I don't know where he could have gone," Emilio Amaya, a barbershop owner, said. "It's such a small community, and we're a tight community. I just hope that he's found."

It's a difficult time for the community, but the people here are determined to see this investigation through to the end, together.

"There's a whole community of people that are looking, and trying to help," Amaya said. "If the family needs anything, just reach out."

Fruitland police say they're giving extra attention to the areas where Vaughan was last seen, namely Southwest 9th Street and Arizona Avenue.

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Another update will be available as early as Tuesday.

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