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Garfield Park lagoon remains checked in case of missing Rockford toddler

Police are checking to see if the child’s remains found in the Garfield Park lagoon over the Labor Day weekend might belong to a Rockford toddler reported missing last week.

Kyrian Knox, a 2-year-old African-American boy, was believed to have been last seen in mid-August, Rockford police say. The boy had been staying with a family friend just before he disappeared, police say. Investigators don’t believe the child was abducted.

Investigators contacted Chicago Police last week to see if there might be a match. DNA samples from Kyrian’s mother, Lanisha, have been provided to both Rockford and Chicago Police for testing, Rockford authorities said.

An unidentified child’s foot was discovered Sept. 5 in the Garfield Park lagoon, sparking a search that then led to the retrieval of a child’s hands and head. Investigators have estimated the child is 2 to 3 years old and African-American. The child’s cause and manner of death have yet to be released publicly. All of the body parts were decomposed.

“It is one of a few leads we are following,” said Anthony Guglielmi, CPD’s director of news affairs. “We are cautiously optimistic about this lead. It’s got a nexus to Chicago. I won’t go into detail about what that nexus is, to protect the integrity of what detectives are working on.”