When the Crystal Lake police continue the search for five-year-old Andrew "AJ" friend two days after he was reported missing, the authorities said the boy's parents had stopped cooperating with them.
Investigators are tracking "hundreds," said Crystal Lake police chief Jim Black on Saturday. "This is still a preliminary investigation," Black said.
Black said no arrests had been made, and the father, also known as Andrew Freund, was at home after he had been taken away at about 1 pm Saturday, with plainclothes police, was not handcuffed when he drove them into a black, unmarked police car.
Officers in At around 1
Shortly before 5:00 pm, friend left the police station with a small white bag from the back door and lit a cigarette walked quickly to his house, a short distance away. "
" Nothing definite yet, "he told a reporter who asked what had happened at the police station, and learned more about his son's whereabouts." Pray for the safe return of my son, "said friend.
Friend went on while the reporters asked how he had made it through the last few days.
It was hell. To hell on earth. "
Upon learning that the parish was planning a vigil for 7:00 pm, Freund seemed touched, saying it was" very nice, "adding that he" would surely think. "
The vigil was scheduled on Crystal Lake Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive, according to a Facebook page titled "Where's Andrew Friend".
Tracy Calhoun, who moved to Crystal Lake last year, helped small children organize a vigil to show "solidarity" and support for the missing boy. 19659002 Calhoun, who does not know the family, said, "It's scary."
"This is not typical of this community. It's very sad. I just hope we can find a solution soon. My heart goes to Andrew. "
Calhoun said about 200 on the Facebook page said they will attend, and nearly 1,000 have said they are interested. She also invited Andrew's mother but had not heard from her.
The police said they did not believe the five-year-old had been abducted, but the boy's father and mother did not cooperate with the investigation. Black described the whole situation as "disturbing."
"The fact that both parents stopped cooperating with us undoubtedly raises our suspicions," Black said.
Andrew was the last seen at bedtime, around 9pm Wednesday in a family home in the first block of Dole Avenue in the northwestern suburb waking up on Thursday morning and after he could not be found in the apartment, Andrew's parents reported that he had been missed.
Andrew has reported him missing blonde hair and wore a Mario sweatshirt and black jogging pants when he was last seen. It is about 3 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 70 pounds.
Neighbors said the father was in front of his house on Saturday. A neighbor said he had come out of the house and hugged Since a woman came to lay flowers near the house, and friend asked the neighbor to pray.
Black said the evidence they had collected so far "does not support an unknown culprit and there is no evidence of kidnapping.
Police are tracking a person known to have had contact with AJ or seen him last.
Black said the police returned home Friday, "based on new information (the I did not say if they would go back into the house, but added, "If we have to go back in, we will do that."
Black asked the church, the Officers will continue to contact and keep an eye on all the information, and officers have and will continue to cover hundreds of acres in and around the area.
"Things like that do not happen in Crystal Lake," Black said we take action on everything that comes at this time, we hope we can find him. "
Friday afternoon local criminal lawyer George Kililis He said he represents JoAnn Cunningham, the boy's mother, who is seven months pregnant.
Kililis said the mother was "depressed" and "sad."
"She's devastated, she's worried is her little boy, that's it," said Kililis
.Kililis said he should not tell her after appearing during the interrogation on Thursday, that the police charged them.
DCFS tasked with protecting children Out of abuse, he released the following statement on Friday: "The department's involvement with Andrew Freund began with his birth in 2013 and the sequel The Last Contact Between the child protection officer of DCFS and Andrew's family took place in December 2018 when he investigated allegations of abuse and neglect. "
The apartment was searched Thursday and Thursday by dozens of law enforcement agencies again Friday.
Published on late Friday Child Protection Officer Information about the boy's family since he was born with opiates in his system in 2013. By the end of 2018, DCF had S continues to contact and contacts, said a spokesman.
On Thursday, Andrew's younger brother was housed in another house under a DCFS security plan.
DCFS released a timeline highlighting the interactions between DCFS and Andrew's family:
- In October 2013, DCFS investigated the claim that the mother had been neglected and found credible evidence to prove to substantiate the claim. Andrew was born with opiates in his body.
- The following month, DCFS took Andrew into custody. He was taken to a nursing home and returned to his own home in June 2015. The case was closed in April 2016.
- In March 2018, DCFS investigated allegations of neglect by father and mother, but found that they were unfounded. The mother agreed to the re-treatment.
- On December 18, 2018, DCFS investigated another allegation of maltreatment and neglect by the mother, and the boy was temporarily removed from the police, but after the allegations he was returned to the apartment were ruled unfounded. There was no evidence supporting the allegation of deplorable conditions in the home, and the dog was associated with bruises.
After a daylong search Thursday came out fruitless. The police said on Friday in a press release: "In the investigation of all preliminary investigations So far there is no indication that the police would believe that a kidnapping took place. "They also said:" The information currently relates to the police who are concentrating on his residence. "
Dog teams that" only caught up with Andrew's smell at the residence showed that Andrew had not walked " Police said.
A neighbor who lives across the street said the boy's father left the house at about 2:00 pm through a back door Friday and walked down Dole Avenue, saying, while walking, "Find mine Son … Find my son, "says neighbor Janelle Butler.
Butler said the police had turned to him and tried to keep others away from him, but not before urging media members who requested it Crime scene.
"AJ, please come home," he said. "We love you very much. You have no problems. We are only worried to death. Please, please come home.
Authorities are asking anyone with information to call the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620. If you own a mobile phone and have information about the child, you can send an anonymous tip to the department by sending the word CLPDTIP along with the tip to 847411 (tip411).
Amanda Marrazzo is a freelance reporter.