Dad Sends Message to Missing Crystal Lake Boy: 'Please Come Home' - NBC Chicago

Dad Sends Message to Missing Crystal Lake Boy: 'Please Come Home'

Authorities said an investigation so far does not appear to indicate an abduction took place

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    Search for Missing Crystal Lake Boy Continues for 2nd Day

    The search for a missing 5-year-old boy in Crystal Lake continues Friday. Regina Waldroup reports. 

    (Published Friday, April 19, 2019)

    The dad of a missing Crystal Lake boy had a message for his 5-year-old son, who hasn't been seen since Wednesday evening. 

    "Andrew, please come home," he said. "You are not in trouble."

    Andrew Freund Sr. was seen walking the streets near his northwest suburban home as the search for the missing boy continued for a second day.

    "AJ please come home," he said. "We love you." 

    Search for Missing Boy Continues

    [CHI] Search for Missing Boy Continues

    Tow truck drivers in northwest suburban Crystal Lake voluntarily spent their night searching for a missing child. Lauren Petty reports.

    (Published Friday, April 19, 2019)

    Freund's son, also Andrew Freund, hasn't been seen since his parents put him to bed Wednesday evening. 

    Authorities said an investigation so far does not appear to indicate an abduction took place and said their investigation is currently centered on the child's home. 

    Meanwhile, they asked the public to "search your property" and "report anything suspicious to the Crystal Lake Police Department." 

    Divers Search Lake Near Missing 5-Year-Old's Home

    [CHI] Divers Search Lake Near Missing 5-Year-Old's Home
    Police in a northwest suburb are searching for a 5-year-old boy who went missing Wednesday night. Trina Orlando reports.
    (Published Thursday, April 18, 2019)

    Freund said his friends and family were out searching for the boy Friday and added that he was cooperating with police. 

    Police said Friday that in the last 24 hours of their search, "several police search and rescue canine units, trained specifically to locate people... only picked up [Andrew Freund's] 'scent' within the residence indicating that Andrew had not walked away on foot." 

    Police searched 373 acres on foot and roughly 497 acres via an aerial search by drones, they said. 

    Search for Missing Child Continues in Crystal Lake

    [CHI] Search for Missing Child Continues in Crystal Lake

    A 5-year-old boy has been reported missing in suburban Crystal Lake on Thursday, and NBC 5's Regina Waldroup has the very latest from the scene.

    (Published Thursday, April 18, 2019)

    Boat and sonar technicians from fire departments in the area searched under all docks and piers along the shore length of Crystal Lake, authorities said. They also searched within the lake itself off of the Main Beach area. 

    The teams ended their search around 10 p.m. Thursday without locating anything, police said. 

    "In reviewing all investigative information thus far, there is no indication that would lead police to believe that an abduction had taken place," police said in a statement. "At this point, the police department has no reason to believe there is a threat to the community."

    Chicago Police Arrest Teens Swarming Downtown Area

    Chicago Police Arrest Teens Swarming Downtown Area

    Chicago police were handling a crowd control problem in the heart of the downtown area Wednesday night as a large group of teens descended the streets. Police said some arrests had been made. NBC 5's Michelle Relerford reports.

    (Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019)

    Crystal Lake authorities said Andrew, who also goes by “AJ,” was last seen around 9 p.m. Wednesday in the 0-100 block of Dole Avenue. 

    Andrew's parents reported they last saw the boy at bedtime Wednesday, but have been unable to locate him since they woke up Thursday morning. 

    Police said they were still investigating the circumstances surrounding his disappearance, but noted an Amber Alert has not been issued because officers are "unable to confirm an abduction occurred." 

    Federal authorities quickly joined the hunt for the missing boy Thursday afternoon.

    The child is about 3 feet, 5 inches tall, weighs roughly 70 pounds and has short, blonde hair. He was last seen wearing a blue Mario sweatshirt and black sweatpants.

    Anyone who may have information on his whereabouts is being asked to call (815) 356-3620. They can also text information along with the word CLPDTIP to 847411.

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