‘We need the community’s help’: Search for 3-year-old Major P. Harris continues

Amber Alert issued for Wisconsin boy on Saturday; Lead investigator says 'We hope Major is still alive'

This undated photo shows 3-year-old Major Harris, a missing Milwaukee boy.
This undated photo distributed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice shows, Major P. Harris. Wisconsin Department of Justice via AP

A 3-year-old Milwaukee boy who is the subject of a statewide Amber Alert after his mother was found killed is still missing, according to the Milwaukee Police Department.

During a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Milwaukee Police Department inspector Paul Formolo said police found the body of Major P. Harris’ mother, Mallery Muenzenberger, of Onalaska, Thursday morning at a home along North 37th and West Clarke streets. She died from multiple gunshot wounds, he said.

Officers at the scene were unaware that 3-year-old Major was in Muenzenberger’s care, and only found out after contacting her family to inform them of her death, Formolo said.

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Upon learning about Major, a statewide Amber Alert was issued for the boy on Saturday and remains active. Police described him as a Black male around 3 feet tall and weighing 40 pounds. He was last seen wearing a dark blue T-shirt with a small pocket on the left side, navy blue Nike basketball shorts and no shoes.

Formolo said evidence at the scene led investigators to name Jaheem Clark, 20,of Milwaukee, as a person of interest in Muenzenberger’s killing. Evidence shows the two were acquaintances.

On Sunday, officers went to a home in the 5400 block of Milwaukee’s North 41st Street to check for Clark, said Formolo. Shortly after officers arrived, gunshots were fired inside the home, he said. Police entered the home and found Clark dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was declared dead at the scene.

On Monday, police recovered a black Chevy Equinox in Milwaukee that was listed as a vehicle of interest in Saturday’s Amber Alert. Formolo said the vehicle was Muenzenberger’s and investigators collected evidence from it.

“We did find a quantity of blood in the vehicle,” said Formolo. “Obviously, that is the evidence that we have out to (a) Wisconsin regional crime lab and I can’t say where that would have originated from. But hopefully they’ll be able to give us some answers in the coming days.”

Acting Police Chief Jeffrey Norman said further information is needed in the case.

“As a law enforcement official, as a father, I am bothered that we have not found little Major yet,” said Norman. “We need information to assist us as we further this investigation. We need the community’s help.”

During the press conference, Formolo was asked whether police believe the child is alive, to which he said, “We sure hope that Major is alive.”