The boy’s dad and mom reported Andrew “AJ” Freund lacking Thursday morning, telling police they final noticed him round 9 p.m. the night earlier than, at bedtime, in accordance with a launch by the Crystal Lake Police Division.
The search has included 15 police businesses, drones, and rescue canine models. Sonar groups that searched Crystal Lake positioned nothing, and the canine groups “solely picked up Andrew’s ‘scent’ throughout the residence indicating that Andrew had not walked away on foot,” the police stated.
“(T)right here isn’t any indication that will lead police to imagine that an abduction had taken place,” the division stated within the launch.
The Illinois Division of Kids and Household Companies has “been concerned with the household” since Andrew’s start, division spokesman Jassen Strokosch advised CNN. Andrew “was introduced into care with us” quickly after he was born, when “neglect was indicated on a part of the mother,” Strokosch stated. From 2013 to 2015, the toddler was “in care with another person,” he stated.
The division was referred to as in twice in 2018 on allegations of neglect in March and of abuse and neglect in December, Strokosch stated. The allegations have been decided to be unfounded in each cases, he stated.
A youthful sibling who had been within the dwelling till this week is now residing with one other household, Strokosch stated.
“AJ, please come dwelling,” his father, Andrew Freund Sr., stated to tv cameras. “We love you very a lot. You are not in any hassle. We’re simply apprehensive to demise. Please, please come dwelling.”
Crystal Lake police issued a press launch with Andrew’s description Thursday however did not situation an AMBER alert “because of legislation enforcement being unable to verify an abduction occurred,” the division stated.
Police stated about 373 acres have been searched on foot, and virtually 500 acres have been searched by drones. A sonar staff searched underneath docks and piers alongside all of Crystal Lake and within the lake near the primary seashore space, a launch stated.
Police “are persevering with to actively examine,” the division stated Friday.