Park Ridge police confirm that a missing 5-year-old boy has been found safe.
An Amber Alert for Drake Whitker was issued shortly before 2 p.m. Thursday. It has now been officially canceled.
Police say Drake Whitker was sleeping in the back seat of a car which was stolen from the front of a home in the 1700 block of Good Avenue.
At about 2:15 p.m., police in Skokie were notified that a vehicle and child matching the description of those missing from Park Ridge were found parked in a residential neighborhood. Skokie police responded and confirmed that the child was Drake Whitker.
The suspect is still at large and is described by police as a young man, aged approximately 18 to 22 years old, with a short afro-style haircut and wearing a blue athletic-style jacket.
Park Ridge Police Chief Frank Kaminski said they believe the suspect fled on foot. Kaminski urged the suspect to turn himself him.
“We will find you,” the chief said.