The harrowing 911 call of a father reporting his five-year-old son missing has been released by police in Illinois.
Andrew Freund Snr. is heard telling police that he woke up in the morning to find his son had vanished from their home in Crystal Lake, which is about 50 miles northwest of Chicago.
Freund told officers he had checked ‘the basement, the garage, the closets, everywhere,’ – adding that he had scoured a nearby park, school and the ‘local gas station where we sometimes take him to buy treats,’ but there was no sign of him.
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The harrowing 911 call of a father frantically reporting his five-year-old son missing has been released in a bid to raise awareness for the young boy. Andrew Freund Snr. (pictured right) is heard telling Chicago police that he returned home from a doctor’s appointment to find his son had vanished from their home in Crystal Lake
Andrew Jr’s mother, JoAnn Cunningham is reportedly refusing to cooperate with detectives
Police, who released the audio in a bid to raise awareness about the young boy, were still searching for Andrew ‘AJ’ Jnr. in a heavily wooded area on Tuesday, and there are further plans to use sonar to search local ponds.
The department also said detectives were asking neighbors to hand over home surveillance video in the hopes that they might provide clues about the boy’s location.
Andrew Jr’s mother, JoAnn Cunningham is reportedly refusing to cooperate with detectives. Her lawyers say she initially helped but stopped amid fears she was considered a suspect in the child’s disappearance.
On Tuesday afternoon, the department released more than 60 pages of police reports written by officers who responded to various calls about the house.
One report described seeing the home littered with dog feces and urine, and a children’s bedroom where ‘the smell of feces was overwhelming.’
Another report said the officer found the house to be ‘cluttered, dirty and in disrepair,’ and without electrical power.
AJ’s parents claimed that they last saw the boy at around 9pm Wednesday when he went to bed at their home in Crystal Lake, Illinois
A Missing & Exploited Children’s poster (above) said AJ was last seen wearing a blue Mario sweatshirt, black sweatpants and green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle shoes
The heavily-redacted reports also indicate state child welfare workers were called after officers spotted a large bruise on one of the young boys living there, but that the children appeared to be ‘healthy and happy’ and were not removed from the house.
According to media reports, Cunningham was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday in hopes of regaining custody of her younger son, who was taken into Illinois Department of Children and Family Services custody after his older brother disappeared.
The paper said she was also scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday on the traffic case.
Police were initially working under the belief that the boy was not abducted and had not wandered from his home.
A makeshift memorial grows Monday, April 22, 2019 outside the Dole Avenue home of Andrew ‘AJ’ Freund. Police and the FBI continue their investigation into the missing boy
In a press release on Monday, police said: ‘The boy’s mother continues to be uncooperative with police. On Saturday afternoon, Andrew Freund, the boy’s father, did speak with police detectives.
‘Investigators are continuing to review evidence, leads, and tips as they become available. There has been no arrest in this case at this time.’
Cunningham’s lawyer George Kililis told reporters that she had ‘cooperated extensively with police until at some point we got the impression that she may be considered a suspect’, the
‘I don’t know whether she is or not and I don’t know how serious that consideration is,’ Kililis said of his client, who is seven months pregnant.