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Search continues for missing Idaho 5-year-old boy who disappeared a week ago

The desperate hunt for a 5-year-old Idaho boy missing for a week continued without any luck, police said Tuesday.

Michael Joseph Vaughan, also known as 'Monkey', disappeared near his home in Fruitland on July 27. The 3-foot-7-inch tall blonde-hair boy has blue eyes and weighs about 50 pounds.

Michael was last seen wearing a light blue Minecraft shirt, dark blue boxer briefs and size 11 blue flip flops.  

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The ongoing search for 5-year-old Michael Joseph Vaughan continues after he disappeared from his Fruitland, Idaho home on July 27

Michael's mother Brandi Neal spoke at the conference and said: 'Anyone who has any information, please contact the Fruitland police. We just want our Monkey home. We miss our baby and we want him home.'

Witnesses are urged to come forward with any information, especially if they have been in the area of Southwest 9th Street and Arizona Avenue

The boy was in an 'open field' close to his home at Southwest 9th Street and Arizona Avenue around 6.30pm when he went missing, according to the Idaho Statesman. 

Police in Fruitland, about 55 miles northwest of Boise near the Oregon border, have asked anyone with information to come forward.   

'Anyone who has any information, please contact the Fruitland police. We just want our Monkey home. We miss our baby and we want him home,' said Michael's distraught mother, Brandi Neal, at a press conference on July 31.

Tyler Vaughan, Michael's father, added: 'Anything helps. Anything.'   

It wasn't clear whether the family was under investigation. Calls to the FBI field office in Omaha and the police department in Fruitland were not returned to DailyMail.com 

It is also unclear if the family has any other children. Fruitland Police Chief JD Huff has requested the public give the family privacy during this time.  

The FBI, Idaho State Police and other law enforcement agencies are also involved in the investigation

Two irrigation ditches were drained by the Fruitland Public Works Department and the search continued with K9's as well as aerial, marine and land support

A press conference was held at Fruitland City Hall which was attended by Michael's family and Police Chief JD Huff who spoke at the event 

The FBI, Idaho State Police and other law enforcement agencies also joined the investigation.

'If you live in the immediate area, please thoroughly search your property, to include any outbuildings, vehicles, anything that a five-year-old can get into. We also ask that you review any security footage you may have that may be attached to your house,'  Huff said. 

He also said that two irrigation ditches were drained by the Fruitland Public Works Department and that a search has continued involving the use of K9's as well as aerial, marine and land support.  

Police have also advised volunteer search parties to be careful of trespassing on certain properties without their permission. 

The last update of the search was on the afternoon of July 31 as the Snake River area was being investigated.

If anyone has any further information, contact Fruitland Police at 208-642-6006.

Michael was last seen wearing a light blue Minecraft shirt, dark blue boxer briefs and size 11 blue flip flops 

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