Father of missing Crystal Lake child leaves home with police – Northwest Herald

The officers called to the father, Andrew Freund Sr., from outside the side-door.

“Andrew, are you in there?” police called, while knocking on the door.

“We are here to help you, Andrew,” an officer said when the knock went unanswered.

The three then went inside the house. An officer emerged about 10 minutes later to apparently let the family dog out in the backyard. The officers and Freund Sr. came out the side door of the house shortly after and walked to the vehicles.

Freund wasn’t handcuffed and didn’t respond to questions from reporters before getting into the back of the unmarked vehicle. Police left without answering questions.

A knock on the door of the Freund’s home was unanswered Saturday morning before police arrived.

A teddy bear, candles, Easter eggs, flowers and wooden letters “A” and “J” have been left on the family’s yard.

Calls to the Crystal Lake Police Department haven’t been returned.

The child was reported missing Thursday morning. His parents say he was last seen around 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Members of the FBI specializing in missing children and Crystal Lake Police Department are investigating. The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has taken custody of the younger son in the family.

A vigil is planned from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Crystal Lake Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Drive, according to the event description on Facebook.

Event organizers encourage attendees to bring candles to light. People who can’t attend are encouraged to participate by lighting candles in windows or leaving porch lights on.

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