The Zion baby, who has been missing for four days now, has residents of the town sounding off about their dissatisfaction with police search tactics for the missing baby on the Zion Police Facebook page. According to ABC Channel 7 News Chicago on Aug. 24, the search for missing five-month-old Joshua Summeries is now focused on a Zion landfill and residents want to know why the police haven't searched the wooded areas in town instead of concentrating their manpower in the landfill Friday and Saturday.
Police report that they can not release the details of the missing Zion baby because it could compromise the case. The search of the landfill, which is a tedious and slow process, is where they need to be right now. Apparently the police have some information that has led them to that spot, even though they are not sharing that with the public today. They are communicating with the public via the Zion Police Department Facebook page.
Little Joshua went missing four days ago when the mother reported he was abducted from the home. She did not know who abducted her son, but since the baby went missing, her boyfriend was also gone. She reported the baby gone at about 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning. It appeared that Joshua was abducted through a bedroom window. The mother said she last saw her son around 5 a.m. and then at 8 a.m. he was gone.
Neighbors report fighting going on in the early morning hours at the mother's apartment, the day Joshua was reported as abducted. The police aren't releasing all the information they have or even what direction they are going in with this missing child, but the garbage around town is piling up as authorities have halted garbage pickup in the town while they search the landfill.
Police canvassed the area and found the boyfriend. He gave them no resistance and he is still at the police department being questioned today. The police have also interviewed a few other people in this case. Police are calling the mother's boyfriend and the other people they are interviewing, "persons of interest."
Chief Wayne Brooks, Zion's police chief said Thursday that he feared harm had come to the little one, or worse. He also said:
"The size of a five-month-old is very small, not self-sufficient in any way out there in the elements, therefore we don't believe there's a lot of hope, but we still have some."
Police brought in construction equipment to help pick through the garbage of the Zion landfill, which is at the 330-acre Advanced Disposal facility on Green Bay Road in Zion. They started the search at that location about 7:30 a.m. on Friday morning. The search of the garbage landfill continued on Saturday.
Police stress that they are more determined than ever to find the baby Joshua and give the infant “a voice in the justice system.” While the search is considered more of a recovery effort than that of a rescue, police refuse to give up all hope. There's a glimmer of a chance that Joshua is still alive.
Residents are upset that an Amber Alert did not go out on the child when he was first reported missing. Police answered that concern saying that they do not believe the Zion baby has gone far, which would not constitute putting an Amber Alert in place.
At one point during the search, the police asked the residents to check their garbage cans for any signs of the infant, according to the Chicago Tribune. Rumors of multiple homicides at the house where the baby went missing were just rumors, as police report they have no other dead people from that house.
The mayor of Zion, Lane Harrison, reports that the police searched the city of 25,000 in grid fashion and they were unable to find him, leaving no stone unturned. What really happened to little Joshua Summeries on Wednesday morning? This is a question that hopefully police will have the answer to soon.
Update: The mother's boyfriend, Demetries Thorpe, 26, was charged Saturday for the first-degree murder of Joshua and ordered held on $5 million bond, reports SF Gate on Saturday. Authorities accuse Thorpe of stopping the baby's breathing by placing his hand over the baby's mouth when the child was crying.
Police say prosecutors have surveillance video of Thorpe placing the boy's body in a backpack and putting the bag in a trash bin. This is the reason police concentrated on searching the landfill and halting the garbage. This would also explain why police asked residents to check their outside garbage bins.