Illinois authorities are searching for a 5-year-old boy who vanished from his Crystal Lake home at around 9 p.m. Wednesday night.
CBS Chicago reports that the parents of Andrew “A.J.” Freund told police they last saw their son when they put him to bed on April 17, in their home off of the 100 block of Dole Avenue. They said when they woke up the following morning, he was gone.
Police and scent dogs searched the surrounding areas, including cars and trash cans, while divers and firefighters searched a nearby lake. On Thursday, the FBI joined in to help find the boy. Authorities stated they couldn’t issue an AMBER Alert because there is no evidence yet of an abduction, yet the home is considered a crime scene, according to ABC 7.
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According to the Chicago Tribune, authorities were seen going in and out of the boy’s home Thursday while carrying bags. Police cars blocked off Dole Avenue.
“No one has seen anything. This neighborhood is extremely safe,” neighbor Janelle Butler told the outlet.
Butler added that there are always neighbors out walking dogs and if they had seen a little boy wandering around, they would have likely called the police immediately. She added that A.J.’s parents keep to themselves and have another younger son in the home.
“We don’t know if he wandered out. That was the first thought – did he wander out? But nobody’s seen him, so nobody has any clue whatsoever,” Butler added.
— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) April 19, 2019
A.J. is described as white male who stands 3-feet-5-inches tall. He has blond hair and was last seen wearing a Mario sweatshirt and black sweatpants.
Anyone with any information is urged to call the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620. Anonymous tips can be sent to the department by texting the word “CLPDTIP” with tip information to 847411 (tip411).
[Feature Photo: A.J. Freund/Police Handout]