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Friday, April 26, 2013

NEWS UPDATE: Search for body of 1-year-old Bryeon Hunter continues

--I understand that people are upset by this tragic incident. I am just as outraged.
But, you cannot blame the police for lack of interest or for not doing anything.
And, you can not blame people for not showing an interest and coming out to help search for the body of dead one year old child (who wants to be the one to find that?)
Organizing a dive to search a body of water is not an easy task.
Unless it is a life saving operation where all care for your own personal safety is thrown out the window you do not just show up and jump in.
Dive units searched the Des Plaines River until the weather became really dangerous.
Anyone that knows anything about the Des Plaines River knows that it is an extremely dangerous river. While the surface may look calm, the under tow and currents are known to be extremely strong and dangerous.
No good comes from rushing and doing things wrong and turning one tragic incident into several.
The fact that we are just now recovering from record setting flood waters does not help with this situation at all nor does it do anything to make it any safer for divers.
I can promise you this much, everyone wants to find that poor little guy's body to insure that his soul may rest in peace properly.--

Story and Video at My FOX Chicago

By Anita Padilla, FOX 32 News reporter

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The search resumes Friday for the body of a one-year-old boy who has been missing for more than a week.

Police originally issued an AMBER Alert after his mother reported Bryeon Hunter was kidnapped.

Lakesha Baker and her boyfriend face murder charges in the death of her child.

The search will continue over the weekend, which is encouraging for the community. With tragic events like the Boston Marathon bombings, the Texas fertilizer plant explosion and the devastating floods here in the Chicago area, some thought the focus shifted away from finding this little boy.

The Des Plaines River reached record high levels after last week's flood. This hindered the search for Bryeon's body, since it would not have been safe for crews to get into the water. Pinpointing his location in the fast-moving water was also complicated due to the swollen river's condition. Visibility was less than a foot - sonar technology needs to be employed in the search to circumvent that issue.

A canine search specialist has brought a cadaver dog into the search, which identified three targets Friday morning. That means there is a decomposing body in the Des Plaines River, but it still has to be located. One of the targets was over the bridge, another was further down the river.

Youth outreach organizer Sandra Harrison coordinated the candlelight vigil for Bryeon.

She is frustrated to see the lack of progress and more importantly, lack of community involvement in the search for the 1-year-old boy.

"It's frustrating because I know that community has had so many other things they felt were important," Harrison said. "There was the bombing and just the floods that made everything very personal for people in the community as they started to realize their homes were under attack. But in all of that, as a parent, I just feel like the waters were rising and we were getting further away from the location of this child."

She and the member of her organization want to mobilize the community.

"We want to get the community back into the process of thinking about it and moving the investigation forward," Harrison said. "Just be here. Just be here tomorrow morning. Just being here would help - if the community were here for support."

If you have any information that could help authorities recover Bryeon's body, please call the designated tip line: 1-800-883-5587.