Via Chicago Breaking News: The body found in the Chevy Suburban is on its way to the medical examiner's office and should be there by 12:15. Hudson family members will arrive shortly after that. A press conference is expected after the body is identified.Investigators were working today to identify the body of a child found in a truck on Chicago's West Side, while family members of Oscar-winning singer and actress Jennifer Hudson assumed the worst--that this was her missing nephew--and organized an afternoon church vigil.
The body was found in the back seat of a white Chevrolet Suburban that police were looking for in their search for 7-year-old Julian King.
The Suburban with Illinois license plate X584859 was found in the 1300 block of South Kolin Avenue around 8 a.m. after police received a call of a suspicious vehicle. The SUV was towed away for evidence processing. Neighbors disputed how long it had been there. A resident of the block, LaShaun Bouie, 36, said it must have appeared after 3 a.m. Monday morning. Rasheem Jackson, 21, who lives a block away, thinks he remembers seeing it as early as Saturday. Police received a call for a suspicious car at 7 a.m.
If the boy is identified as Julian King, it will confirm detectives' worst fears because a law enforcement source said bullet casings were found in the boy's room on Friday. But the source said they had not found other evidence of violence in the room.
As the car was processed by evidence technicians and workers at the Cook County Medical Examiner's office sought to identify the body, Hudson's family members and supporters assumed this was the third member of her family killed since Friday.
"It's shocking. It's unreal. We had been praying that it would not come to this," said Rev. Krista Alston, a cousin of Hudson and a minister at the Pleasant Gift Baptist Church in Chicago. "We know it's a reality now, but it's still shocking."
A county spokesman said the child's body had not arrived yet at the medical examiner's office, and that the autopsy will not be performed until at the earliest Tuesday.
Police found the bodies of Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, on Friday afternoon after a family member came to their home in the 7000 block of South Yale Avenue and saw signs of violence inside.
The murders and realization that 7-year-old Julian King was missing sparked a search for the boy and a manhunt for William Balfour, 27, the estranged husband of the boy's mother, Julia Hudson.
Balfour was brought in for questioning Friday night.
The boy remained missing through a long weekend in which police and volunteers posted fliers around the city with pictures of the boy. On Sunday, his actress aunt--grieving and rushing to Chicago from Florida where she was promoting a film--offering a $100,000 reward to anyone who found the boy.
The Illinois Department of Corrections has updated William Balfour's photo on their site but they have not released the location he is currently being held or updated his current charges.