Kidnapped Boy Found in Las Vegas

Cole picked up alive after grandpa crossed Mexican drug cartel
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 19, 2008 5:25 AM CDT
Robert Puffinburger, white t-shirt, waits to talk at a news conference in Las Vegas early Sunday, Oct. 19, 2008. Robert's son Cole Puffinburger, who was kidnapped on Oct. 15, was found alive Saturday.   (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, John Locher)
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(Newser) – A 6-year-old Nevada boy kidnapped by men believed linked to a Mexican drug cartel has been found in “extremely good condition” walking on a Las Vegas street. Some 100 detectives had been working 12-hour shifts to find Cole Puffinburger, who was abducted from his Las Vegas home Wednesday by men claiming to be police, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

A resident called police after spotting the boy. The case has been linked to millions of dollars stolen by the boy’s grandfather from a Mexican drug cartel. “I thank this whole community. I can’t thank you enough,” said his emotional father.