ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - A 3-year-old Florida boy found sleeping on a porch in Buffalo, New York, will go home with his grandmother while authorities try to determine whether his parents died in a burning car.
A judge on Friday granted custody to Zenaida Colon, who traveled from the Orlando area after recognizing her grandson in news reports. The boy was found alone the morning of Sept. 16. His parents' burned rental car was discovered nearby the same day. The remains of two people were inside.
Colon's son, Miguel Anthony Valentin-Colon, his girlfriend Nicole Merced Plaud, and a family friend have been missing since Sept. 15, when police say they arrived in Buffalo with the boy. Surveillance video shows two unidentified adults walking with the child away from where the car was found.
Many questions remain. The child's grandfather, Jorge Oquendo, is hoping for the best but fearing the worst.
"I'm just hoping to god that I can have the opportunity to see them again," said Oquendo. "We're hoping, and we still have faith that they'll just pop-up somewhere."
Authorities are now conducting a forensic examination, to determine the identities of the deceased.
"Every minute feels like an hour. It's just devastating," said Oquendo.