While a noon press conference was delayed, police sources have told Chicago media that the body of Andrew “AJ” Freund, the 5-year-old boy missing from Crystal Lake, was found in a field about four miles south of Woodstock near Gale Drive and Dean Street in Dorr Township.
Early Wednesday April 24, 2019, investigators and officials returned to the family home and removed several items, including a shovel, a mattress, two lawn bags and a large bin and the family dog — a boxer named Lucy.
Also Wednesday morning, Crystal Lake police investigators, FBI agents, and McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies were at a rural area south of Woodstock about 10 to 15 minutes west-northwest of the house where A.J. Freund lived on Dole Avenue in Crystal Lake. There is still police activity Wednesday afternoon in the area of Gale Drive and Dean Street.
BREAKING: Body of missing 5-year-old Crystal Lake boy, Andrew “AJ” Freund, has been found, sources tell WGN: http://via.wgntv.com/smtkCNOTE: This stream has no audio
Posted by WGN TV on Wednesday, April 24, 2019
The Crystal Lake Police Department delayed a news conference which is expected to occur noon or later this afternoon.
Crystal Lake police planned to provide an update Wednesday on their investigation into the disappearance of 5-year-old Andrew “A.J.” Freund, who was reported missing last week.
There was police activity Wednesday morning near the intersection of Route 176 and Dean Street east of Marengo and south of Woodstock, where there are large open fields, the New Life Christian Center, and Kolze’s Corner Gardens nearby. The scene is about 6.6 miles west-northwest of the family’s home on Dole Avenue — about an 11-minute drive from the home. Specifically, the police drove down a gravel road in the area of Gayle Drive and Dean Street about .75 mile north of the intersection of Route 176 and Dean Street. The scene in Dorr Township is less than four miles south of Woodstock.
Police also returned to the house of A.J. Freund and family Wednesday morning April 24, 2019 and removed a shovel, a child’s mattress, two large lawn bags, a plastic storage tub and the family dog (a boxer named Lucy) from the Crystal Lake home of 5-year-old AJ Freund.
Andrew “AJ” Freund, age 5, was last seen at his home in the 0-99 block of Dole Avenue on April 17 2019, according to the Crystal Lake Police Department. He was described with short, blonde hair and approximately 3’5” 70 LBS. Andrew “AJ” Freund was last seen wearing a blue Mario sweatshirt and black sweatpants.
Police initially announced that a press conference was scheduled for noon Wednesday April 24, 2019 at the Crystal Lake, but the press conference was delayed.
WATCH LIVE: Investigators have set up a tent near where the body of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund was found in Woodstock: https://t.co/g4yV92EfF7 … Full Story: https://t.co/ckqtaTewel pic.twitter.com/GezBtNi0Pu
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) April 24, 2019
Right now: authorities gather in Woodstock. Earlier investigators removed mattress, plastic tub, shovel and two bags of evidence from Freund home in Crystal Lake. pic.twitter.com/qYtlL5DCee
— Roseanne Tellez (@RoseanneTellez) April 24, 2019
On scene Woodstock where Sherrif’s police are searching a farm area off Dean St and 176th poss in connection w disappearance of 5 yo AJ Freund. fbi Evidence techs seen, port washroom brought in. Folks will be staying. Team coverage @ABC7Chicago w @JohnGarciaABC7 pic.twitter.com/ndlSTKdNUD
— Ravi Baichwal (@BaichwalABC7) April 24, 2019
Breaking: update on the search for missing 5 year-old Crystal Lake boy. Evidence technicians, Crystal Lake officers and other agencie gathering in a field in Woodstock-9 miles away from AJ’s home. Don’t know why yet. Police giving at presser at noon. pic.twitter.com/IjFu9r1lyi
— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) April 24, 2019
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WATCH LIVE: Law enforcement search area in Woodstock as update in Andrew "AJ" Freund's disappearance expected. Sky 5 is over the scene: nbcchi.com/mvgHf1B
Posted by NBC Chicago on Wednesday, April 24, 2019