Search Warrant Reveals More Details in Death of Barway Collins

Beth McDonough
Updated: April 29, 2015 05:10 PM
Created: April 22, 2015 12:00 AM

A Hennepin County search warrant released Wednesday in the death of 10-year-old Barway Collins of Crystal is revealing more details in the case.

A knife with a patterned handle and silver blade was found just a few yards away from where Barway’s body was recovered from the Mississippi River on April 11, according to the warrant. At a press conference Wednesday, we asked David Singleton, the head of Minnesota Community Policing Services, "does it help speak to the cause of death?  There's an inference there, but nothing has officially been released yet."


Barway was reported missing March 18 after he was last seen getting out of his school transportation van near the 5400 block of Douglas Drive North. His remains were found by Boy Scout volunteers, and his body was bound with duct tape.

The search warrant was issued the same day authorities searched the home of Barway's father, Pierre Collins. Two days later Barway's remains were found. They found several knives with silver blades, two plastic air conditioner covers that had duct tape on them, a red towel with “plant material on it,” Collins' passport, cellphone, computer and other items, according to the search warrant.

Collins has been charged with second-degree murder and is being held in Hennepin County Jail on $2 million bail. The search warrant also explains how his movements were tracked through location data on his cellphone signal. Plus, officers used Google data to show Collins was in the vicinity of the river at the time the boy disappeared.

The document also revealed when police questioned Collins' wife, she said her husband came home in tears March 18, the day Barway disappeared and said, "In Africa you only cry when someone's dead."

Collins is due in court again May 14.

The manner of death has yet to be released by the medical examiner.

Authorities hope to present evidence to a grand jury for possible first-degree murder charges.

Right now, Barway’s funeral is at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shiloh Temple in North Minneapolis. However, there's an urgent request from the Liberian Minister's Association to postpone the funeral a few days, enough time for Barway's biological mother to arrive here from Liberia. Reverand Alexander Collins spoke for the group, "there's a passionate plea from us and every mother in Minnesota to beg the family not to bury Barway in the absence of his mother."

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