Updated 08/22/13 – 4:15 p.m.
ZION, Ill. (CBS) — Police in north suburban Zion have asked local residents to help in their search for a 5-month-old boy who has been missing for nearly two days and fear the worst, given the time that has elapsed.
The search resumed Thursday morning for little Joshua Summeries, whose mother reported him kidnapped early Wednesday.
Thursday afternoon, police asked homeowners to search their own property to help find Joshua, specifically by checking their garbage cans.
“My hope is the baby’s alive – my fear is no. We’re now at the point of looking at the worst,” Zion Police Chief Wayne Brooks told reporters at a Thursday afternoon news conference.
Brooks said that grim assessment is based on the baby’s age and inability to survive alone for two days straight. He said he anticipates a resolution to the search by Thursday night or Friday morning.
Joshua’s mother originally told police a man took Joshua out a window, but has since changed her story a number of times. Police have been questioning her boyfriend, after she told investigators he went to quiet Joshua early Wednesday, after the baby been crying Tuesday night. She hasn’t seen the baby since.