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Authorities scour apartment complex for missing boy

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A photo of Charlie Bothuell. A photo of Charlie Bothuell.
DETROIT (WJBK) -  Detroit police are continuing the search for 12-year-old Charlie Bothuell who has not been seen since Monday, June 14.

A Detroit police task force with six cadaver dogs fanned out at the Martin Luther King Apartments at Lafayette and Chene streets in Detroit going door to door looking for any sign of the boy.

Residents say they were questioned early Tuesday and were showed two pictures, and asked if they have seen the boy with another man.

"I told them I don't recognize the guy or the kid. So, he hasn't been around," says resident Margie Helms. "I'm just hoping when they find him that he's alive."

Investigators are focusing on this location because of a tip they received and the fact this was the last place young Charlie was seen.

A witness claims they saw him playing basketball but so far the search turned up nothing.

"I can only describe it as a living nightmare. We've had cadaver dogs in the house, bloodhounds searching for him, just police, FBI, just, everybody, just looking for our son and hearing nothing," says Monique Bothuell, Charlie's stepmother.

She says she's worried sick about about her stepson. Charlie left while he was in her care, upset she was going to tell his father he didn't finish his required workout.

He ran away a few years ago but was found a couple hours later. It's now been nearly two weeks.

Both parents have been questioned by police, angered by how they were treated. Monique says she refused to take a polygraph test. Charles Sr. says he would only allow the FBI to conduct his, and still does not know the results.

"We've been more than open, honest and forthcoming, and I didn't trust that I would be treated fairly after being so open with them so my counsel told me, 'No,'" Monique says.

"I want the focus on finding my son and getting him home. I understand the parents are always going to be a suspect. He had a father and a [stereotypical] evil stepmother - none of that is true here. The only thing is true is that we love Charlie," says Charles Sr.

Police tell Fox 2's Taryn Asher they are following several leads right now.

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