Vancouver police and FBI looking for 8-year-old missing since June

Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 5:31 PM PST
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VANCOUVER, Wash. (KPTV) - The Vancouver Police Department and FBI are looking for an eight-year-old boy missing from Vancouver since last June.

VPD said on June 17, 2022, officers conducted a welfare check related to an investigation and to look for eight-year-old Breadson John. They did not find him and have not been provided any information about where he might be. Detectives have tried to contact multiple family members to learn if John is with family or missing.

Breadson John
Breadson John(FBI)

“Usually, hopefully, these are things that are solved in an afternoon,” says FBI Senior Supervisory Resident Agent Matthew Boyden. “This has gone on too long so we need people to come forward and help us.”

The FBI Seattle field office is assisting VPD with the search for John. The FBI said the June 2022 welfare check was done based on concerns for his welfare by members of the community. He also has been known to go by the name ‘Brxsan.’

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VPD said charges of custodial interference were filed against John’s grandparents, his last known guardians and persons of interest in the initial criminal investigation.

“We have been... frustrated with not getting the level of cooperation that we would ordinarily expect from that familial relationship,” says Boyden.

Breadson also has ties to Arizona, Hawaii and the federated states of Micronesia, which is why the FBI and VPD partnered - to use their combined resources.

“Vancouver PD has great relationships and a lot of the state’s resources that we don’t have. The FBI has a network across the united states as well as across the world we have positions in close to 100 embassies around the world,” Boyden says. “This case really is far-reaching, and we need assistance as far as we can get the attention.”

Boyden says the more eyes on the lookout for Breadson, the better.

“We know there are people who are out there that have information,” says Boyden. “It’s a matter of getting them to come forward with information that will be helpful.”

Anyone with any information about John is asked to contact VPD detective James Dewey at or (360) 487-7446. You can also contact a local FBI office or submit a tip online.