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Rockford lead ‘in play’ in Garfield Park lagoon case

The Chicago Police Department is continuing to pursue leads that a child whose dismembered remains were found in the Garfield Park lagoon belong to a missing 2-year-old Rockford boy, a police spokesman said Thursday.

“The Rockford lead is in play,” said the spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi. “We sent a variety of forensic samples to the FBI in Quantico, [Virginia], and they are being analyzed to see whether they are linked to the missing case in Rockford.”

Guglielmi said the tests could take at least two weeks to complete.

On Tuesday, the FBI ruled out another possible lead. The FBI notified Gary police that the remains were not linked to the DNA of missing 2-year-old King Walker’s mother. On July 25, he disappeared from his Gary home with Diamond Bynum, his mentally disabled aunt, officials say.

Chicago Police are investigating a possible DNA link between the remains and Kyrian Knox, a 2-year-old boy who was reported missing in Rockford on Sept. 17.

Police have said they think the toddler was last seen around Aug. 20.

Rockford police have said a DNA sample of Kyrian’s mother was sent to the FBI to test for a possible match.