Missing 3-Year-Old Located; Police Still Seeking His Teen Aunt

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.

maya white Missing 3 Year Old Located; Police Still Seeking His Teen Aunt

Maya White, 14, was last seen Thursday in the Albany Park neighborhood. (Chicago Police Dept.)

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.

  • Jacqueline Ayala

    How about a picture of her not making a duckface so people can see her actual face. Hope they return home safe.

  • Sunlight

    Are you proud of yourself, “Jenny?” I guess you are a pretty ignorant little hoebag. Albany Park is primarily Hispanic and Asian. Scurry back to your ‘puter so you can write another bigoted statement.

    • LittleOldLady

      Who is Jenny? Why would you call her a terrible thing like that? You should feel ashamed of yourself.

  • Chivi

    Something is very wrong with this story. Something is not right about their story.

    • Sally

      I agree, 5′-5″, 145lbs? Maybe they meant 5′-5″, 115lbs.

  • patrick

    Glad the little guy is safe. Sorry people have to joke and say ugly things. I feel sad for them and hope they are not as miserable and lonely as they seem

    • Sarah

      @patrick, I agree with you, Sunlight and jackie sound like they are mean and miserable. It’s kind of sad.

  • jackie

    You’re an a**hole !

    • ChicagoCitizen

      @jackie, Why would you call a little old lady an ass hole? That’s not very nice.

  • Oh Well

    Other news reported May was bi-polar and not taking her meds. That bi-polar thing makes people do crazy dangerous stuff. Poor little 14 yr old Maya is probably hanging out with much older thug like characters and engaging in negative things that she is far too young for.

    Unfortunately will probably wind up hooked on drugs and with multiple kids before she is 21. And the cycle will repeat itself………

  • Tracy

    I hope the black homies didn’t grab her.

  • we in this together

    I am so praying for this family
    i hate when mental illness strikes
    that what it sounds like to me

  • suburbs

    If that teenager ever shows up, she should be charged with kidnapping.

  • http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/06/11/police-find-teen-who-had-disappeared-with-3-year-old-nephew/ Police Find Teen Who Had Disappeared With 3-Year-old Nephew « CBS Chicago

    […] 7:30 p.m. Friday, White left her nephew at a home near West Devon and North Western avenues and then called a family member to tell him where the child was. Elijah was in good health when he […]

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