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Remains in burned van identified as parents of toddler found on porch

3-year-old Florida boy was found asleep near scene on Sept. 16

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The names of the two people found in a burned van on Sept. 16 in Buffalo have been identified as the parents of a Florida toddler who was found sleeping on a porch nearby.

Nicole Merced-Plaud’s family and Miguel Valentin-Colon’s family claimed their remains, according to WIVB.com. The 3-year-old boy’s parents had been considered missing.

The charred vehicle was found behind a warehouse in Buffalo, according to police.

The 3-year-old boy’s grandfather said Merced-Plaud, Valentin-Colon and their friend, Dhamyl Roman-Audiffred, took a road trip to Buffalo on Sept. 15.

Roman-Audiffred is still missing, according to WIVB.com.

On Sept. 20, BuffaloNews.com reported that police sources said 4.4. pounds of cocaine was found inside a cooler, along with a second empty cooler, in the hotel room near Buffalo Niagara International Airport where Merced-Plaud, Valentin-Colon, Roman-Audiffred and the 3-year-old had been staying.

On Sept. 27, a judge granted custody of the 3-year-old boy to his grandmother, Zenaida Colon.


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