Missing 3-Year-Old Located; Police Still Seeking His Teen Aunt
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UPDATED 06/10/11 5:00 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A 3-year-old boy who went missing with his teen aunt Thursday night from the Albany Park neighborhood has been located, police said.
Elijah Williams was dropped off at a residence near Devon and Western Friday, police said, following media coverage of his disappearance.
The boy was last seen Thursday night with his 14-year-old aunt, Maya White. White dropped off the child Friday around 7:30 p.m., then called a family member to tell them where the boy was. Elijah reportedly was in good health.
White was still missing as of late Friday, police said.
White and the boy were last seen at Pulaski Road and Wilson Avenue around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, after buying a pizza, police said. Maya had been pulling her nephew in a wagon.
Earlier Friday, Autumn Bastyr, who is Elijah’s mother and Maya’s sister, was desperately hoping her son was safe.
“I don’t know if she’s scared; if it’s to the point where she doesn’t want to come back now because of this; if she can just drop him off at a police station or a hospital,” Bastyr said.
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Maya’s mother, who is also Elijah’s grandmother, told police she initially decided not to follow them because she couldn’t fit the wagon in her car. She did end up driving past later and seeing them, but had to pull ahead due to traffic, police said.
“About half a block down, she made a left and waited on the side street for them to walk just a half a block, and they never came,” Bastyr said.
Maya is a white female with black hair and green eyes, weighing 145 pounds and standing 5 feet 5 inches tall. She was last seen wearing layers of an orange shirt and a white shirt, and blue jeans, with black gym shoes.
Bastyr says her sister has run away before, once for about a week, and has behaved erratically in the past. She says she is concerned about some of Maya’s acquaintances.
Anyone with information is asked to call Grand Central Area police Special Victims Unit detectives, at (312) 746-8365.