Year after young boy’s disappearance, foster father still prime suspect 

The lead investigator into the disappearance of 6-year-old Hasanni Campbell a year ago Tuesday says he considers the boy’s foster father to be the prime suspect in the case.

Acting Lt. Gus Galindo said he believes Hasanni “met some kind of foul play at the hands of Louis Ross,” who was raising the boy along with Jennifer Campbell, who is Hasanni’s aunt and foster mother.

Galindo said he believes Ross, 39, “was not forthright” in his interviews with police and said, “I want to bring him to justice.”

He said he considers Ross to be the prime suspect because Ross was the last person with Hasanni, who suffered from cerebral palsy, before he disappeared.

Hasanni was reported missing by Ross, who said the boy disappeared at about 4:15 p.m. on Aug. 10, 2009, from a car parked outside the Shuz of Rockridge shoe store in the 6000 block of College Avenue in Oakland. Campbell worked at the store.

But Galindo said he believes Hasanni was killed before that time, saying, “My belief is that he [Hasanni] never made it to the store.”

Oakland police arrested Ross and Campbell on Aug. 28, 2009, on suspicion of murder. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges though because of insufficient evidence, and the couple was released.

In early January, the foster parents moved out of the Fremont home where Hasanni had lived with them.

Oakland police spokesman Jeff Thomason said Tuesday that Ross and Campbell moved out of state but declined to say where they are living. He said, “We know where they are.”

San Leandro business owner Sherri-Lyn Miller, who founded Citizens for the Lost Society in the wake of Hasanni’s disappearance, says she has heard that Ross is now living in Maryland and Campbell is in Arizona.

Galindo said the fact that Ross and Campbell are now out of the area “has made the investigation harder but it hasn’t deterred us.”

Galindo said he hopes that citizens will provide more information about Hasanni’s disappearance so the investigation can be concluded and Ross can be charged.

He said he considers Campbell to be “a person of interest who may or may not have information” about what happened to Hasanni.

Miller and other members of Citizens for the Lost Society will meet with Alameda County Chief Deputy District Attorney Tom Rogers at 3 p.m. Tuesday to discuss any possible new developments in the case. Alameda County Supervisor Gail Steele will also participate in the meeting.

Following the meeting with Rogers, the group plans to hold a rally at 4 p.m. outside the district attorney’s office at 661 Washington St. in Oakland. A prayer vigil will be held at the Westminster Hill Presbyterian Church at 27287 Patrick Ave. in Hayward tonight.

On Saturday, the group plans to hold an electronic waste collection event and fundraiser.

Oakland attorney John Burris, who consulted with Ross and Campbell after Hasanni disappeared, said Tuesday that he hasn’t had any contact with them in a while.

Burris said he thinks it was a mistake for Oakland police to arrest Ross and Campbell last August because he believes it impeded the investigation into Hasanni’s disappearance.

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