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Source: Body of missing boy AJ Freund found in rural area miles from his home



Andrew Freund, a 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy, ended Wednesday morning with the discovery of his body in an unincorporated area near Woodstock, according to a source close to the case. 19659002] The discovery came hours after the police again talked to his mother JoAnn Cunningham and officers returned to the family home, where they removed a shovel, mattress and other items. Police have scheduled a news conference for 1 pm

The body was found near Gayle Drive on a farmland bounded by woods and a small stream. A neighbor who watches the property for the owner said McHenry County sheriff's deputies knocked on the door early Wednesday and said they were going to start a search

Luis Maldonado described the area as fairly isolated. "It's very quiet," he said. "

Earlier, around 6 am, Cunningham and her lawyer, George Kililis, were at the Crystal Lake Police Station. About two hours later, Kililis walked out by himself and drove away.

Around the same time, an evidence technician and other officers went to the family home and were seen removing a large tube, paper bags, and a shovel and a small mattress . Handlers took a dog out of the house.

Blue ribbons remained in the neighborhood in support of the missing boy and a sign hanging at a neighboring house said "pray for AJ"

Meanwhile, police and FBI agents gathered near Gayle Drive in an unincorporated area near Woodstock, in a farmland bounded by woods. It was unclear if they were looking for Andrew "AJ" Freund ̵

1; or if the activity had anything to do with the case.

Jack Waskiewicz, who is staying with his daughter near where police were gathering, said a detective knocked on the door around 6 am, showed his badge and asked who owned the adjacent property. parents, Andrew Freund and Cunningham, reported AJ missing on Thursday, told the police that AJ was last seen at bedtime – about 9 pm – last Wednesday, when they woke up Thursday, they could not find him and reported it

attorney for Cunningham said over the weekend that Cunningham had cooperated with the police and "willingly subm itted "to a complete body search. Later, however, her attorneys acknowledged they had urged her to stop communicating with the police when it appeared to them she had become a suspect. The police have called Cunningham "uncooperative" while noting that the boy's father has been talking to police detectives.

rmccoppin@chicagotribune.com


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