Police on Tuesday released 63 pages of reports detailing several police calls to Andrew's home in recent years, including one from December in which an officer described unlivable conditions in the home, with "dog feces and urine" scattered around the home.
With those words, the father of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund calmly reported the IL boy missing last Thursday morning, according to a 911 call released by the Crystal Lake Police Department on Tuesday.
Freund's father, Andrew Freund Sr., appeared on local television to call for any assistance in finding his son, speaking to his son directly when he said: "AJ, please come home". "And he wasn't there".
"AJ, please come home".
The call, which police redacted, lasted about five minutes before a police officer arrived at the home in the first block of Dole Avenue.
Police have used dogs to search and are confident the boy didn't wander away from home.
Crystal Lake police said they are continuing to conduct what they're calling grid searches of the area.
This undated photo provided by the Crystal Lake, Ill., Police Department shows Andrew "AJ" Freund. Crews were also at Veteran Acres Park, 431 N. Walkup Ave., on Tuesday. Kotlowski said that police continue to focus their investigation on the boy's home and the individuals that may have seen or had contact with Andrew last.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, boat and sonar technicians from fire departments in Lake and McHenry counties were called to help search Crystal Lake, police said.
No arrests have been made, police said.
Crystal Lake police said in a news release Monday morning that Freund's mother, JoAnn Cunningham, remained uncooperative while the boy's father, Andrew Freund Sr., spoke with police detectives on Saturday afternoon.
"At some point the police, for whatever reason, started treating her as a suspect", Kililis said.
When Cunningham returned to her home with the officers, they asked to look inside and found the dwelling to be "cluttered, dirty and in disrepair", according to a police report. The Northwest Herald reports that Cunningham is trying to regain custody of the younger boy and a hearing at the McHenry County courthouse is scheduled for Tuesday.
What happened to A.J.?
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has had contact with Freund's family since he was born in 2013 with opiates in his system and amid neglect allegations against his mother, DCFS Deputy Communications Director Jassen Strokosch confirmed Friday evening. The mother is seven months pregnant, her attorney said.
A Missing & Exploited Children's poster said AJ was last seen wearing a blue Mario sweatshirt, black sweatpants and green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle shoes.
Investigators also issued an Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System mutual aid request, which gave them the support of 15 police agencies.
Authorities ask anyone with information to call the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620.