The head of an African American or mixed race toddler was found in a Chicago lagoon last week. But new information in the case reveals that it could be a baby belonging to nine potential families across the country…including one right here in Rockford.
Investigators returned to a lagoon in Garfield Park on Tuesday, searching for more evidence to determine the identity of a child found there.
Police drained the lagoon after a jogger noticed a foot floating in the water. They found the second foot, along with both of a child’s hands and head. But as of yet, no torso.
At least three missing children from the Chicago area fit the description, and one of them is from right here in Rockford – Kyrian Knox, the toddler who was reported as missing this past Thursday.
Detectives in Chicago confirmed that DNA samples were taken from Kyrian’s family members, but are still being processed.
In a statement, Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Gugliemi said, “We are working with Rockford and a few additional leads.”
A Facebook page — Find Kyrian Knox — has been posted. Rockford police say they are also pursuing leads, but cannot divulge any more information at this time.
Meanwhile, as Chicago police search for more clues, the search has been expanded to all fifty states for black children in that age range, with DNA samples submitted from family members in Texas, Florida, and even California.
Officials in Rockford are working to coordinate a media briefing on the investigation where hopefully more details on the search for Kyrian Knox could be revealed.
Chicago police say that they’re ‘cautiously optimistic’ that DNA results will reveal the identity of the child.