Documents show Taos Co. Sheriff's Office ignored request for welfare check on missing boy | KOB 4

Documents show Taos Co. Sheriff's Office ignored request for welfare check on missing boy

Chris Ramirez
October 03, 2018 10:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The Taos County Sheriff’s Office released video and paperwork that documents the day deputies raided a northern New Mexico compound.


The documents, obtained by 4 Investigates, show that in November 2017, 3-year-old Abdul Ghani Wahhaj's mother reported him missing in Georgia. By December, Detective Porter at the Clayton County Police Department in Georgia believed the missing child may be in Taos, New Mexico.

Documents show that in January, Detective Porter made contact with Taos County deputies.

In February, he asked the sheriff's office to do a welfare check to see if Abdul Ghani was on the property where he was eventually found dead.

During the months of May and June, Detective Porter made repeated attempts for Taos County deputies to help his investigation to find the missing child.

In August, eight months after Detective Porter told the Taos County Sheriff's Office that he suspected Abdul Ghani was in their jurisdiction, deputies raided the compound.

In August, the Taos County sheriff said he had to warrant before going onto the property.

“I had no probable cause to go onto this property prior to the day I wrote the first warrant. I wished, in hindsight, there was but we would not have been there lawfully,” said Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.

Editor’s note: Law enforcement does not need probable cause to do a welfare check, as Detective Porter requested in February.


Chris Ramirez

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