The body of a young boy was recovered from the Des Plaines River this afternoon after being discovered by a man in a kayak.
For nearly a month, and nearly every day along the Des Plaines River, that man, Robert Larson, looked for the body of Bryeon Hunter. A 1-year-old he never knew, except for the story of how he died.
“Why am I doing this? Because it’s the right thing to do. It seemed like nobody cared about him being in the river,” he said.
This afternoon around 4 p.m., the month-long search seemed to come to an end in the river near Brookfield Zoo. Larson saw the small, naked body of a young boy caught up on debris in the water.
“ I knew what it was as soon as I approached,” said Larson.”
22-year-old Lakeshia Baker told investigators that she and her boyfriend, 21-year-old Michael Scott, beat her son with a belt and plastic hanger on April 15 before leaving him to die on the bathroom floor of their Maywood apartment then dumping his body several miles upstream from today’s discovery. Both are now charged with his murder.
Tonight, Bryeon’s grandmother came to identify the body at the medical examiner’s office but was told to come back tomorrow after an autopsy.
For Robert Larson, it is the end of an emotional mission which was aided by his two search dogs and the will to bring a little boy home.