Police search for boy who vanished

The Associated Press
Tuesday June 04, 2002

LOS ANGELES – Police searched some of the most expensive real estate in the city Monday for a 7-year-old boy who vanished during a weekend birthday party in Westwood. 

Paolo Ayala disappeared from a home pool party in the tony residential area near Beverly Hills shortly before his parents arrived to pick him up at 5 p.m. Sunday, police said. 

The missing boy’s father, from Beverly Hills, said his son may have wandered to nearby Holmby Park. 

“He is very friendly,” said Franklin Ayala. 

He was last seen barefoot and shirtless, wearing only a pair of blue swimming trunks. 

Four separate teams of police dogs tracked the boy’s scent south after scouring the house and a nearby park and golf course, said police Sgt. John Pasquariello. The dogs picked up the scent about a mile from the home, Pasquariello said.