Police focusing on family in search missing 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy


Investigators of the disappearance of 5-year-old Andrew “A.J.” Freund have turned their focus to his family after K-9 teams picked up his scent in the trunk of his parents’ car, according to CBS News.

A.J.’s father, Andrew Freund, Sr., said “We’re just extremely worried. A.J., please come home. We love you very much.”

Freund spent three hours at the Crystal Lake Police Department on Saturday.

The mother of a missing Crystal Lake boy is no longer talking to police, her attorney said on Friday, after her lawyer said police might be considering her a suspect in his disappearance, according to WMAQ.

“Ms. Cunningham cooperated with the police extensively yesterday,” defense attorney George Kililis said. “Until at some point we got the impression that she may be considered a suspect. I don’t know if she is (considered a suspect) or not and I don’t know how serious that consideration is or not.”

Police say Andrew Freund, A.J., has been reported missing since Thursday. His parents say they last saw him Wednesday when he went to  bed at the family home in Crystal Lake.

Police say they don’t think the boy ever left the home on foot, with no signs of him after more than a day of canvassing.

State child welfare officials revealed that the family of the missing 5-year-old boy from Crystal Lake has been involved with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services off and on since he was born, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

DCFS confirmed that its investigators have been in repeated contact with Andrew’s family since he was born with opiates in his system in 2013.

Andrew was taken into DCFS custody and placed into a foster home less than a month after he was born. He was returned to his birth parents in June 2015, DCFS officials said.

Crystal Lake police said Friday that they have no indication Andrew “AJ” Freund was abducted. They say canine units only picked up the boy’s scent within the residence, which indicates Andrew didn’t leave on foot. Police say Andrew’s parents last saw him about 9 p.m. Wednesday and reported him missing Thursday when they woke up and couldn’t find him in the home.

Andrew is described as 3′ 5″, 70 pounds with short, blond hair. He was last seen wearing a blue Mario sweatshirt and black sweatpants.

He was also wearing green Teenage Ninja Turtles shoes, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 815-356-3620 or text an anonymous tip to 847411 with “CLPDTIP” at the beginning of the message.

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