Idaho police believe man connected to missing child is in North Dakota

Michael Joseph “Monkey” Vaughan went missing from Idaho and is presumed deceased. The Fruitland Police Department from Idaho believe that Brandon Shurtliff is in North Dakota. He is wanted for questioning in the abduction of a 5-year-old Idaho child.

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Brandon Shurtliff is believed to be somewhere in North Dakota. He is wanted for questioning in the abduction of a 5-year-old Idaho child.
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FRUITLAND, Idaho — Idaho police believe Brandon Shurtliff, a 30-year-old man from Idaho with suspected connections to the disappearance of a 5-year-old boy, is in North Dakota.

Shurtliff is wanted for questioning by the City of Fruitland Police Department in Idaho over the abduction of Michael Joseph “Monkey” Vaughan.

Police believe he has firsthand knowledge of the abduction of the now 6-year-old child who disappeared from his Idaho neighborhood on July 27, 2021.

Investigators believe the boy was abducted and is now deceased.

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Idaho Missing Persons flyer for Michael Joseph Vaughan. Brandon Shurtliff is believed to be in North Dakota and is wanted by police for questioning in the child's abduction.
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Shurtliff is one of four individuals believed to be involved.


Police are searching for Shurtliff and Adrien Lucienne, a 32-year-old man from Ohio. They believe Lucienne is in either Ohio or California.

Two individuals are already in custody, Sarah and Stacey Wondra. The two lived in a home police believed held the remains of the boy in the backyard.

Vaughan’s remains were ultimately not found, but investigators believe his remains were previously buried on the property and were since moved.

Sarah Wondra, 35, is being held in the Payette County Jail in Idaho for failing to report a death to law enforcement. Stacey Wondra, 30, is currently being held in the Washington County Jail in Idaho on unrelated charges.

Tips in this case can be sent to the Fruitland Police Department at 208-452-3110. Tipsters may remain anonymous at or to Crime Stoppers,

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