Three decades ago, she begged for her 3-year-old’s safe return. She’s just been charged with his murder.
By Allyson Chiu | The Washington Post
On camera, Amy Elizabeth Fleming’s face was twisted into a mask of anguish.
“I just hope Yo is not feeling as alone as I do sometimes,” Fleming told News 3 Las Vegas in 1986, her voice thick with emotion. Makeup did little to cover the dark circles under her eyes.
Fleming was experiencing a parent’s worst nightmare. Her 3-year-old son, Francillon Pierre, whom she lovingly referred to as “Yo-Yo” or “Yo,” was still missing after vanishing without a trace from a swap meet in North Las Vegas on Aug. 2, 1986. Exhaustive searches of the area had turned up no clues to the boy’s whereabouts and investigators were stumped. But rather than accept the worst, Fleming and her then-boyfriend Lee Luster continued to hold on to the hope that Francillon was alive.
“If anybody knows anything about where he is, or if he is safe, I want them to just tell me that,” Fleming pleaded at the time. “I will be able to go through the proper channels to get him back. I’ll do anything that is necessary.”
More than 30 years later, in what officials are calling “an extraordinary development in an extraordinary case,” Fleming, now 60, has been arrested and charged with murder. The swap-meet story was a “diversion,” authorities said Monday at a news conference in Las Vegas. Fleming’s young son never went missing on that Saturday morning in 1986 because he was likely already dead.
“Although we are saddened that we could not bring you today good news that we found Pierre alive and well, we are fortunate that we can bring some closure to those affected by this 32-year-old cold case,” North Las Vegas Police Department Chief Pamela Ojeda said at the news conference.
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