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Zion police to provide update on missing baby Saturday

Zion police continued searching Friday for 5-month-old Joshua Summeries, who went missing Wednesday morning.

Zion police continued searching Friday for 5-month-old Joshua Summeries, who went missing Wednesday morning.


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Zion police continued their search Friday for a 5-month-old baby boy missing since Wednesday, focusing their efforts on combing through garbage in a landfill.

Police Chief Wayne Brooks said he and investigators will provide another update on their investigation during a news conference at 10 a.m. Saturday at police department headquarters.

"As you can imagine the tedious process of searching a landfill is a tremendously overwhelming and demanding task," Brooks wrote on the Zion Police Department's Facebook page. "We remain steadfast in our mission to find Joshua and more determined than ever to give that small infant a voice in our justice system."

The infant, Joshua Summeries, was reported missing about 8 a.m. Wednesday from an apartment on the 2300 block of Galilee Avenue.

More than 50 police officers and two highly-trained search dogs spent Friday morning and afternoon searching through the Advanced Disposal landfill at 701 Green Bay Road in Zion.

Brooks has previously said police are fearing the worst in the case of the missing infant, who may have been "harmed or worse." A caller to the police department on Wednesday morning indicated that "unknown persons" had abducted the boy, police said.

More than 200 law enforcement personnel helped search for the missing baby during a call for mutual aid on Wednesday.

Police had asked residents near the apartment where the baby went missing to do a detailed search of their properties, particularly garbage and refuse containers. Garbage pickup in the area had been delayed a day.

Police on Thursday said their search so far had come up empty, but they didn't shed any further light following their third consecutive day of searching on Friday.

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