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Breaking: Search for missing Crystal Lake boy focuses on Woodstock field; mother currently at CL police station

April 24, 2019 GMT

Police and other law enforcement may be close to finding the body of a 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy who has been missing since Thursday.

Crystal Lake officers, along with McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents, were searching a field in Woodstock off Dean Street just north of Gayle Drive on Wednesday.

JoAnn Cunningham, the mother of Andrew “A.J.” Freund, a 5-year-old Crystal Lake child who was reported missing Thursday morning, is at the Crystal Lake Police Department.

If charges in the missing child case are set, they will be announced at a noon press conference at the Crystal Lake City Hall, officials said. In the past several days, police have also searched Veteran Acres Park, Sterne’s Woods and Lippold Park in Crystal Lake.

Carolina Bermudez, who lives near the property in Woodstock, said a police officer in an unmarked car knocked on her door at around 6 a.m. Wednesday, and her husband answered. The officer was wondering who owned the nearby property, which Bermudez said includes a barn where farm equipment is stored.

Bermudez, who has lived at the home for three years, said she has children of her own –ages 11, 6 and 1 1/2 – and when they went out early this morning to go to school, the nearby gravel road was blocked off.

“Never would I think that they couldn’t be back there by themselves,” Bermudez said.

Pilots are temporarily banned from operating aircrafts in the area near Woodstock, according to a notice from the Federal Aviation Administration. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office was the point of contact for the notice, according to the FAA notice. 

Speaking at the noon news conference will be Crystal Lake Police Chief James Black and FBI Special Agent Colin McGuire.

Police were at the Freund home on Dole Avenue in Crystal Lake. While there, they removed evidence, including a shovel, toddler’s mattress, a large tub, multiple lawn bags filled with items and the family’s dog, a boxer named Lucy.

In a redacted 911 call released by Crystal Lake police Tuesday, the boy’s father Andrew Freund Sr. told a police dispatcher that he discovered his son missing on Thursday after coming home from a doctor’s appointment between 8:15 to 8:30 a.m.