The search is getting more urgent for Joshua Summeries, a missing 5-month-old boy in Zion, Illinois–so urgent that the local police chief is asking residents to do a detailed search of their own property, and specifically their garbage cans.
“The garbage and waste containers are an obvious place to dispose or hide anything of evidentiary value,” said Wayne Brooks, the chief of police in Zion, in a Facebook message to the community. “The waste containers contents are emptied weekly which carries with it the risk of destroying or losing evidence forever.”
The police have told the refuse collector to delay picking up garbage for one day so that the evidence wouldn’t be destroyed.
“I apologize for this inconvenience and hope you understand the importance of this request,” said Brooks.
Meanwhile, police are progressing with the investigation, including interviewing witnesses and other persons of interest and gathering evidence.
“I again stress that this seems to be an isolated incident and do not believe others are in danger from this situation,” Brooks said.
Previously a man described as the mother’s boyfriend was found yesterday after Summeries went missing around 8 a.m. and was taken in for questioning. Summeries was taken from an apartment at 2311 Galilee Avenue.