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Police search Robert Manwill's mom's apartment late Thursday night

A law enforcement officer carries two paper bags from the apartment of Melissa Scott Jenkins, the mother of missing 8-year-old Robert Manwill, to a van during a search of Jenkins' apartment late Thursday night.
A law enforcement officer carries two paper bags from the apartment of Melissa Scott Jenkins, the mother of missing 8-year-old Robert Manwill, to a van during a search of Jenkins' apartment late Thursday night. Joe Jaszewski / Idaho Statesman

Boise police and other law enforcement officials searched the apartment where 8-year-old Robert Manwill’s mother, Melissa Scott Jenkins, lives late Thursday night.

Police officials declined to offer any details about the search, why the search began late Thursday night, or what they found in the apartment — only saying the search was done as part of the bigger investigation.

Early Friday morning, KIVI-Channel 6 reported that a vehicle owned by Robert's family was towed from the scene.

About a dozen officers, including K-9s, searched the apartment off Vista Avenue and the surrounding area. Forensic investigators also were involved.

Police officials said Thursday night's search would not affect the massive volunteer effort planned for Friday, where as many as 1,000 volunteers are expected to join police to search the area of the city around the apartment.

Family members of Robert Manwill are expected to join volunteers during the search, police officials say.

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