As Easter morning started and many children prepared for hunting Easter eggs or were entering their Easter basket goodies, 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund still was missing.
Police offered no new updates Sunday morning as his parents, Andrew Freund and JoAnn Cunningham, duty police they last saw their son about 9 pm Wednesday when he went to bed. They had gone on Thursday morning and he was gone, they said.
Cunningham, through her attorneys, agreed on Sunday to answer questions posed by the Tribune. Jeannie Ridings, one of Cunningham's attorneys, responded to questions via text on her client's behalf.
Ridings said Cunningham attended church Easter Sunday at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Crystal Lake has been spending time talking to people and hanging up flyers all over town searching for her son.
Cunningham, through her lawyer's texts, said her son "loves Legos and dinosaurs." [1
“He is so smart, like 'Einstein smart' and was going to start Kindergarten this fall,” his mom said.
Cunningham said her son is "such a good big brother. ”Cunningham, who is currently seven months pregnant, said the family had recently gone to light and candle for her new baby at their church.
"The boys love each other dearly and do everything together. AJ is really outgoing and loves to talk," he mom said.
Ridings said Cunningham recently chose to stay with a friend because investigators left the house uninhabitable and it was "depressing" to be in the home without her children.
Ridings said that despite all the "chaos" left behind after police searches, which include dishes and clothing around the home as well as a destroyed couch, the home has "all signs of ordinary households with children."
"When I was in the home I saw many pictures
She said the parents were separated during hour slang questioning Thursday at the Crystal Lake Police Department and have not been together. any search, or strategy on what to do next. ”
“ I don't know how they were functioning before AJ went missing so I can't say if this is really unusual or just the natural extension of whatever estranged relationship they
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Cunningham said she has not seen her younger son, Parker, since he was taken Thursday by the Department of Children and Family Services and placed with a family member.  Ridings said Cunningham has found all of the media and neighbors' attention, but she appreciates the prayers and gestures of goodwill from the community. and prayed for the child's safe return home.
Michelle Woodmancy of Crystal Lake could hardly speak as she tried to say why she was vigil
"I just hope and pray he's somewhere, he's OK," she said, adding she is a mom and a grandma and was just dyeing eggs with her own family. “He should be like every little boy, seeing the Easter bunny, dying eggs. It breaks my heart. ”
Her friend Chris Noble of Lakewood said,“ It really just hits home ”looking at all the children gathered at the vigil. “It's a shock. It's devastating. ”
During the vigil attendees signed a card offering hope and prayers and thanking police officers who had given hundreds of hours to find the missing child.
One family wrote,“ Thank you for all you guys do and God bless. We are praying for your safe return. God Bless Crystal Lake. ”
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Freund and Cunningham appeared to have attended the vigil separately. At one point they embraced.
On Saturday, groups found to search large fields and areas along the Crystal Lake shores. Freund was interviewed by Crystal Lake police station where he was interviewed for about four hours. He left and walked home. When asked how he has been he said, "It's hell on earth," and asked that people keep his son in their prayers.
George Kililis, who is also representing Cunningham along with Ridings, said the mother is "devastated and sad" and has nothing to do with AJ's disappearance. He said she asks that people continue to help her son.
Authorities ask anyone with information to call the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620. Anyone with a cellphone who has information regarding the child can send an anonymous tip to the department by texting the word CLPDTIP along with the tip to 847411. Amanda Marrazzo is a freelance reporter.
Chicago Tribune Reporter Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas contributed.