Police set 10 a.m. Saturday news conference related to missing Zion infant
BY FRANK ABDERHOLDEN firstname.lastname@example.org | @abderholden
After a full day sifting through a Zion landfill Friday, law enforcement officials announced a 10 a.m. Saturday news conference at the Zion Police Department related to missing 5-month-old baby Joshua Summeries.
Police officials did not disclose the nature of the update, but residents from across the regional still planned to continue the search into a fourth day on Saturday.
Zion police, joined by highly-trained search dogs, were at the Advanced Disposal Landfill, 701 Green Bay Road, from Friday morning into the evening.
“The sad truth is that our search for Joshua has lead to the landfill,” Zion Police Chief Wayne Brooks said in statement posted on Facebook Friday afternoon. “As you can imagine the tedious process of searching a landfill is a tremendously overwhelming and demanding task. Currently more than 50 law enforcement officers and two nationally-recognized and highly-trained search dogs are combing the landfill.
“We remain steadfast in our mission to find Joshua and more determined than ever to give that small infant a voice in our justice system.”
On Thursday, police ordered a delay on garbage pick-ups in Zion while encouraging residents to check their trash bins for any sign of the infant.
Zion police officer Fred Ray said many additional search teams also are working throughout the Zion area in separate searches.
Meanwhile, Westchester resident Robert Larson, who trains rescue and cadaver dogs, led two of his dogs and a group of area residents on a search a heavily wooded area not too far from the infant’s home.
Larson offered to search the landfill with Zion police, he said, but was turned down. Police officials explained that they don’t want volunteers searching because they could taint evidence.
Zion resident Duequawa Lakes, 35, and a few of her cousins walked the area around Horeb Avenue and 17th Street on Friday with Larson.
Rocio Acosta, who lives in a home next to the small apartment complex where the child went missing, said that while she did not know the family, the experience over the past few days has been surreal.
“Especially because it’s a baby, it’s pretty sad,” Acosta said. “I have three boys myself so I feel bad.”
Acosta said Zion investigators first stopped by her home two days ago to ask if anyone had heard anything, but police did not mention that a baby was missing.
On Thursday, however, officers returned, searched the area and checked her husband’s dump truck. That’s when Acosta said she found out the child was missing.
The search is now in its third day since Joshua was reported abducted from his mother’s apartment on Galilee Avenue.
The child’s mother’s boyfriend was in custody Friday for the second day at the Zion Police Department. Investigators continue to question him as a person of interest, Brooks said.