FBI, police plan update on missing 5-year-old boy

Crystal Lake Police and FBI officials will host a press conference this afternoon to update the latest information in the search for A.J. Freund, the 5-year-old boy who has been missing for nearly a week.

The media briefing will take place at noon at City Hall.

The parents of A.J., Andrew Freund Sr. and JoAnn Cunningham, reported their son was missing last Thursday morning after putting him to bed the night before.

Police released the 911 call from Andrew Freund Sr., where he says that he got home from a doctor's appointment between 8:15 and 8:30 a.m. that Thursday and went to check on A.J. and wake him up, but he was not in his room or in the home. He tells the dispatcher that none of the home's doors or windows were open.

Fruend says in the call that he canvassed the neighborhood and checked a local park and gas station, but could not find the child.

"We've checked closets, the basement, the garage, everywhere," Freund told the dispatcher, adding that he had scoured the park, a nearby school and a "local gas station down here where we sometimes take him to buy treats."

DCFS has had repeated contact with A.J.'s family since he was born with opiates in his system in 2013.

Andrew is described as a 3-foot-5, 70-pound boy with short, blond hair, police said. He was last seen wearing a blue Mario sweatshirt and black sweatpants.

He was also wearing green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shoes, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

The Sun Times Media Wire contributed to this report.