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Baby Missing in Zion

A 5-month-old baby boy was reported missing from his Zion apartment on Wednesday August 21.

The mother of Joshua Summeries called police to say someone took her son.

More than 100 police officers, dogs and helicopters searched for Joshua without success.

Police have arrested the Joshua’s mother’s boyfriend.

Anyone with information should contact the Zion Police Department at: (847) 872-8000

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Some residents of Zion appealed to their City Council Tuesday night to expand the search for the body of a missing baby.

It’s believed Joshua Summeries was suffocated by his mother’s boyfriend, Demetries Thorpe, because the child wouldn’t stop crying.

Police say Thorpe then put the baby’s body in a backpack and threw it into a dumpster.

A search of the Zion landfill turned up no sign of Joshua.

But friends and relatives say searchers gave up too soon, and they’re asking for a more thorough search of the landfill.

The Zion City Council has made no decision on a renewed search for Joshua.

Family and friends of a missing baby in Zion will urge the mayor at a city council meeting Tuesday night to continue the search for the little boy.

Crews have been looking for five month-old Joshua Summeries in a landfill.

His mother’s boyfriend, Demetries Thorpe, is charged with murder. Police say he tried to calm the boy as the child cried and suffocated him. They say he put the baby’s body in a backpack, and tossed it into a dumpster. Thorpe later told Joshua’s mother the boy was abducted.

Joshua’s mother wants an expanded search of the landfill.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

The mother of a baby believed to be murdered by her boyfriend is fighting to reopen the search for his remains.

5-month-old Joshua Summeries was reported missing last week.

The mother’s boyfriend, Demetries Thorpe was charged with the boy’s murder.  According to police, Thorpe confessed to suffocating the little boy, then disposing of his body in a nearby dumpster.
Zion police asked residents to check their garbage cans for the missing boy and police sifted through garbage in a nearby landfill.
Authorities searched the landfill for four days and found nothing.  They then called off the search.

But is four days enough?  That’s what Keisha Summaries is asking. She wants authorities to continue searching a Zion Landfill  for her son’s body.

Authorities in Zion have stopped searching a landfill for a missing 5-month-old baby.  The boy has not yet been located.

5-month-old Joshua Summeries was reported missing Wednesday morning.

Joshua’s mother’s boyfriend Demetries Thorpe, 26, of the 2300 block of Galilee Avenue in Zion, was charged with first degree murder yesterday and  is being held on $5 million bond.

Thorpe told police that he put his hand over the boy’s mouth for about 15 seconds until he stopped breathing.  He then placed Joshua’s body in a backpack, took it down the alley and placed it in a garbage can, police said.

JoshuaSummeriesIn a statement released this evening, the Zion police chief said, “The Zion Police launched an exhaustive and daunting search of an area within the landfill, which it was thought held the specific refuse dumped from the dumpster Demetries Thorpe said he placed Joshua in.”

Authorities searched the landfill for four days “until the area where Joshua was thought to be, had been completely and meticulously cleared.”

The landfill search as been called off.  “Sadly, Joshua was not located,” the statement said.

A community gathered to remember a murdered 5-month-old baby after prosecutors charged the boyfriend of the child’s mother with the crime.

Demetries Thorpe, 26, of the 2300 block of Galilee Avenue in Zion, was charged with first degree murder, officials said. Thorpe is currently being held on $5 million bond.

Kiesha Summeries thanked local law enforcement for their hard work looking for her son, and she asked them to keep searching until the little boy is found.

More than one hundred friends and neighbors held a candlelight vigil in support of Joshua Summeries’ family. His father, Clarence, also thanked the Zion community for their love and support.

“I just want to say, I love you son, always and forever,” Summeries said.

According to police, Thorpe confessed to suffocating the little boy, then disposing of his body in a nearby dumpster.

Joshua Summeries was reported missing Wednesday morning. The suspect told police that he put his hand over the boy’s mouth for about 15 seconds until he stopped breathing.  He then placed Joshua’s body in a backpack, took it down the alley and placed it in a garbage can, police said.

During a somber news conference this morning, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim detailed the investigation. He said the suspect initially lied to the boy’s mother and said the child had been abducted.

Surveillance cameras in the area captured images of Thorpe dumping the backpack in a nearby dumpster. He then waited and watched a garbage truck empty it, Nerheim said.

After the boy went missing, Zion police asked residents to check their garbage cans for the missing boy. The search took a heartbreaking turn yesterday when it was announced police were sifting through garbage in a nearby landfill. The search for the boy’s body continued Saturday.

“It’s a terrible situation. To say a needle in a haystack, it’s even worse than that,” Zion Police Chief Wayne Brooks said.

The search for the body will resume Sunday morning.

Police in Zion are holding a news conference Saturday morning, to speak about the disappearance of a five-month-old boy.

It’s been 3 days since Joshua Summeries went missing, and on Friday, the search took a desperate and disturbing turn as workers sifted through piles of garbage at a nearby landfill.

Volunteers, neighbors and police doubtful the baby boy will be found alive.

“Three days away from the mom without milk and things the baby needs — it’s horrible, it’s real bad,” said neighbor Victor Baltimore.

Earlier Friday, Skycam 9 showed about 20 officers from the Major Crimes Task Force looking for clues in the landfill.

Zion police also asked residents to check their garbage cans. Garbage pickup was delayed until Friday.

The boy’s mother reported him missing about 8 a.m. Wednesday. Neighbors on the 2300 block of Galilee say they had heard the mother fighting with her boyfriend the morning the baby disappeared.  The boyfriend was taken into custody the same day.

“We’ve seen him around the neighborhood, but I still don’t know who he is,” Baltimore said.

Zion police are expected to hold a news conference at 10 a.m. about the latest developments.

Zion police are searching a landfill for a five month-old boy who remains missing for a third day.

Authorities are sifting through garbage at the 330 acre, Advanced Disposal facility at 9th Avenue and Green Bay Road for any signs of Joshua Summeries. They began checking the landfill at 7:30 a.m.

The five month-old was reported missing by his mother around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Her boyfriend is in custody as a “person of interest.”

Their neighbors on the 2300 block of Galilee Avenue say they heard the couple argue, including on the morning the baby vanished.

Police urged residents to check their garbage and search their properties, and delayed garbage pick-up until Friday.

“My hope is the baby’s alive. My fear is no that we’re now in the point of looking at the worst,” said Zion Police Chief Wayne Brooks.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this report.

Hope is fading as police in Zion continue to search for a kidnapped baby.

5-month-old Joshua Summeries was taken from his mother’s apartment on Galilee Avenue sometime Tuesday night.

While police are holding and questioning the mother’s boyfriend, Joshua’s whereabouts remain unknown.

And time is running out, if it hasn’t already.

Garbage pickup in Zion is being delayed, to give neighbors time to search their garbage for signs of a body.

Volunteers are scouring the area within a half mile of Joshua’s apartment.

But so far, no sign of him.

Still no sign of 5 month old Joshua Summeries and the Zion Police Chief fears the worst.

Chief Wayne Brooks told reporters this afternoon he believes the end of the investigation is near.

Summeries was discovered missing at around 8:00 a.m. Wednesday at his family’s apartment on Galilee Ave.  His mother called police to say someone took her son.

When Joshua disappeared, so did his mother’s boyfriend and neighbors say the couple often had loud arguments, including a fight the night before Joshua vanished.

More than 100 police officers, dogs and helicopters searched for Joshua without success.

Late Wednesday, police found and arrested the boyfriend.  He is in custody and is being called a person of interest.

Police say the mother is cooperating and is not a suspect.

Anyone with information should contact the Zion Police Department at: (847) 872-8000

Police in Zion are holding a man in connection with the disappearance of a 5-month-old baby.

Joshua Summeries was discovered missing at around 8:00 a.m. Wednesday at his family’s apartment on Galilee Ave.; his mother called police to say someone took her son.

When Joshua disappeared, so did his mother’s boyfriend; neighbors say the couple often had loud arguments, including a big fight the night before Joshua vanished.

More than 100 police officers, dogs and helicopters searched for Joshua without success.

Late Wednesday, police found and arrested the boyfriend.

The search for Joshua resumes this morning.

Anyone with information should contact the Zion Police Department at: (847) 872-8000

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