CPD Investigators still searching for Amir Jennings

18-month-old Amir Jennings disappeared in late November of 2011.

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -- Amir Jennings would have been 8-years-old last week and investigators still haven't given up in solving the case of the missing toddler.

"Is Zinah Jennings guilty of anything? That's something that's yet to be determined," explains Kevin Reese, an investigator with the Columbia Police Department.

Authorities have been searching for Amir since Thanksgiving of 2011.

"The main focus is to find Amir and bring him home," says Reese.

Multiple law enforcement agencies and concerned citizens took part in searches for the 18-month-old boy after he vanished.

Jennifer Timmons, a spokesperson for the Columbia Police Department, told WACH FOX News in 2012, "We are not going to give up hope until we find Amir Jennings."

A woman attending a vigil in the year said, "This is about the baby. This baby needs to be brought home."

Another added, "I just keep praying for him. he is so adorable."

Despite numerous searches, all leads brought investigators to dead ends.

"There is frustration here," Reese told WACH FOX News, adding the boy's mother, Zinah Jennings, could have the answers they need, "Zinah remains evasive, uncooperative and seemingly uncaring. She continues to withhold information from investigators in this case."

Originally, both Zinah and Amir were reported missing but she turned up two weeks later without him. Investigators found a shovel, bloody clothes and blankets when they first searched the Jenning's home.

"Sometimes things may appear to be evidence but they turn out to be something different than evidence," Reese explains.

Zinah's lawyer claimed her innocent back in 2012, saying "She walked into the Devine Street Substation and said: my name is Zinah Jennings, I understand you're looking for me. That doesn't sound like a person with anything to hide."

Zinah was later convicted of unlawful neglect of a child in her son's disappearance and was released from prison in November of 2016.

"We have no proof at this point that Amir has been murdered. We have no proof that Amir is no longer alive," says Reese.

According to the detective, Investigators have recently reached out to her several times but have not heard back.

"I would like to say something to the people out there to the people that Zinah may have had conversations with in telling her story. An act of omission of any facts could cost you more than you're willing to pay. She is the key, we need her here."

*** Zinah Jenning's lawyer Hemphill Pride told WACH FOX News they will not be releasing any statements about the case right now. However Pride says he would like to see more reward money in the case for people to come forward.

***If you have any information about the disappearance of Amir Jennings, you're asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime SC or contact the Columbia Police Department.

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