This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — Nearly a week after they reported 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund missing, his parents are now facing multiple charges in his death, after investigators found his apparent remains in a remote area near Woodstock, Ill. “It is with heavy heart that the Crystal Lake Police Department has located what we believe to be the body of Andrew ‘AJ’ Freund earlier this morning,” Crystal Lake Police Chief Jim Black said during a press conference Wednesday. Black said information discovered through “forensic analysis of cell phone data” led investigators to speak with both AJ’s father, Andrew Freund Sr., and his mother, JoAnn Cunningham, overnight Tuesday. During their interviews, Black said the parents separately shared details that led investigators to search a rural area near Woodstock, IL Wednesday morning. “Investigators located what they believe to be AJ’s body buried in a shallow grave, wrapped in plastic in a remote area of Woodstock, Illinois,” Black said. The McHenry County Sheriff and Coroner said the remains were found in a “makeshift grave” near a farm access road west of Dean Street in unincorporated Dorr Township. The location is about 15 minutes away from Freund’s Crystal Lake home. The McHenry County Coroner’s Office and FBI Recovery Unit removed the remains from the scene, and will work to definitively identify the body and determine a cause of death during an autopsy tentatively scheduled for Thursday morning. Both parents now face multiple counts of First-Degree Murder and Aggravated Battery, and a count of Failure to Report a Missing Child or Death. In total, Cunningham is charged with 12 counts, while Freund faces 11, including additional charges of Concealment of Homicidal Death. Both are in police custody, and will be taken to McHenry County Jail to await a bond hearing Thursday morning. During a Wednesday press conference, FBI Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Sallet expressed condolences to AJ’s family while praising the joint law enforcement effort, saying they were working “24 hours a day” on the investigation. “It was apparent to me that nobody was going to sleep, and nobody will sleep until justice is brought for AJ,” Sallet said.
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