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3 old Emmanuel "Manny" Menz still missing


The search is still on for three year old Emmanuel Menz.

He was kidnapped by his parents on March 6th during a supervised visit with a department of childewn and families representative at a burger king in crestview.
    Emmanuel is a child with autism, he also has asthma.

Channel 3's Amber Southard talked to his aunt on the phone and explains why the family believes he is not in danger.
    
"It's almost been a month since Emmanuel Menz or Manny as his family calls him, has been missing. Many in the community are trying to help locate the 3-year old who was kidnapped by his parents. One group has started a Facebook page devoted to bring Manny home."

Manny was taken by his parents after a caseworker with Chautauqua offices of Psychotherapy and Evaluation went to the bathroom leaving Manny alone with his parents Karl Menz and Virginia Lynch.

Crestview police say Menz and Lynch are not considered to be dangerous.
    But they are concerned if Manny is getting his medication.

His Aunt Jean Menz says her brother and Virginia would never put Manny in danger.
"I believe that if it was planned out as well as local law enforcement believes it has been that they would have made plans for any medical issues as well."

Manny was taken from his parents 6-months ago because of an abuse case.
Jean says the case had nothing to do with Manny.

But as for karl and virginias parenting skills...
"There were some areas for I guess you would say concern that things could've been handled better definitely. They had gone to family counseling on their own not ordered by the court of DCF."

A Facebook page "Bring Manny Home" was created by Okaloosa County residents.

Jean is thankful for the page..but worries it could do more harm then good.
"It actually puts Emmanuel's safety on the line by potential vigilantly justice by well meaning good samaritans thinking that they are saving Emmanuel from dangerous parents."

Manny's foster father posted a comment to the Facebook page asking for help.
"I had never realized how much I loved Manny until that point. The last 20 days have seemed like 20 years."

"I'm very thankful that he was placed with people who love him and care about him and have understanding for his special needs."

Crestview police say they've had a few leads in locating the family but none have panned out.
They ask if you see the family call 911 immediately.