Andrew Freund

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Crystal Lake Police Release 911 Call Reporting 5-Year-Old Boy Missing

April 23, 2019 - 11:24 am
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CRYSTAL LAKE (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Police released Tuesday the audio of the 911 call of a parent reporting his 5-year-old son, Andrew “AJ” Freund, missing from his Crystal Lake home last week, as the search continues for the boy. 

In the 911 call to Crystal Lake Police, made at 9:04 a.m. on April 18, Andrew Freund Sr. can be heard saying, "We have a missing child..um…woke up this morning and he wasn’t..."

The dispatcher interrupts him and asks, "How old is the child?"

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Freund goes on to say, "I had a doctor’s appointment this morning and when I got back from the doctor’s appointment, I checked in on him to say ‘good morning.'"  

Dispatcher: What time was that? 

"About 8:15-8:30 a.m.," Freund said.

Freund tells the dispatcher that he last saw Andrew at about 9:30 p.m. the night before when he was going to bed.

Freund said he and the 5-year old’s mother looked throughout the house and neighborhood for AJ, but there was no sign of him.   

"We canvassed the neighborhood. I went to the local park, the local gas station down here where we sometimes take him to buy treats. I spoke with the assistant principal over there at the school, where the park is. They haven’t seen him or any other child. I have no idea where he would be," he said.

The dispatcher asks Freund whether the house was thoroughly checked and Freund replies, "Closets, the basement, the garage. Everywhere."

He tells the dispatcher that none of the home’s doors or windows were open.

A police officer arrives at the Freund house on Dole Avenue a little more than 4:30 minutes after the call began.

Andrew "AJ" Freund /Crystal Lake Police

Police continued to search for Andrew in Lippold Park in Crystal Lake on Monday, but called off the search early because of inclement weather, Crystal Lake Police Deputy Chief Tom Kotlowski said in a statement. The search will continue Tuesday, with the assistance of Illinois State Police piloting a plane over the area.

Sonar teams are also scanning “several ponds and smaller bodies of water” in the area, Kotlowski said.

Crystal Lake police are asking residents of the area to provide any doorbell video they may have from Monday, April 15 through Thursday morning. Anyone who may have video that could help investigators is asked to email the videos or images to jmattson@crystallake.org

Police said Monday that Andrew’s mother, JoAnn Cunningham, was being “uncooperative” with investigators.

Her attorneys said they told her to stop answering questions after police started to treat her as a suspect.

“We do not have her listed as a suspect, we do not currently have any suspects in this case,” Kotlowski said in response to the lawyers’ statement.

Cunningham’s attorney’s are expected to hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon outside the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock following a custody hearing regarding Cunningham’s youngest child, who has been taken into protective custody by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

DCFS has had repeated contact with Andrew’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.

His disappearance remains under investigation by local law enforcement agencies and the FBI. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 815-356-3620 or text an anonymous tip to 847411 with “CLPDTIP” at the beginning of the message.

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