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Zion mother wants search for dead son to continue

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  • Tears roll down the cheek of Zion resident Kisha Summeries, mother of deceased 5-month-old Joshua Summeries, as family spokesman Clyde McLemore tells media the family wants authorities to continue searching for the baby's body.

       Tears roll down the cheek of Zion resident Kisha Summeries, mother of deceased 5-month-old Joshua Summeries, as family spokesman Clyde McLemore tells media the family wants authorities to continue searching for the baby's body.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Zion resident Kisha Summeries wants authorities to continue searching for the body of her 5-month-old son Joshua Summeries in the Zion landfill. Her boyfriend has been charged with killing the baby.

       Zion resident Kisha Summeries wants authorities to continue searching for the body of her 5-month-old son Joshua Summeries in the Zion landfill. Her boyfriend has been charged with killing the baby.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

 
By Reema Amin
ramin@dailyherald.com

The mother of deceased 5-month-old Joshua Summeries wants police to continue the search for her son's body in a Zion landfill, a family spokesman said during a news conference Wednesday.

Kisha Summeries stood silently with Joshua's godmother in front of the landfill at 701 Green Bay Road, as spokesman Clyde McLemore said the family is upset that police have ended the search. The family is urging "the governor, the United States attorney general and even President Obama" to offer more manpower.

"We understand there's a lot of trash, but we ask they continue to search. (Kisha) can't have closure," McLemore said.

The search was ended Sunday night, four days after Kisha Summeries reported her son missing on the morning of Aug. 22.

Police questioned her boyfriend, Demetries Thorpe, for two days before he confessed to suffocating the baby, putting the body in a backpack and dropping it into a Dumpster behind his house, Lake County State's Attorney Mike Nerheim has said.

Thorpe, who said he was trying to stop the baby from crying, is charged with first-degree murder and is held at Lake County jail.

Police have video footage of Thorpe at the Dumpster, which is regularly taken to the Zion landfill.

Zion police teamed up with the Illinois and Wisconsin National Guard members to search for the body in the landfill. The effort ended Sunday night after crews found nothing during the "exhaustive" search, officials said.

Kisha Summeries understands the body may not be in one piece, McLemore said, but she and the baby's father refuse to have a memorial until the body is found.

Joshua Summeries was Kisha's fifth child. Her other four children are in custody of the Department of Child and Family Services, McLemore said.

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