Joshua’s family wants police to continue search
By Dan Moran email@example.com August 25, 2013 8:50PM
Five-month-old Joshua Summaries, missing in Zion. | Zion Police Department
Updated: September 28, 2013 6:10AM
Citing “a physical and emotional toll on even the most seasoned professionals,” Zion police called off the search at the Advanced Disposal Landfill for missing infant Joshua Summeries late in the afternoon on Sunday, much to the dismay of his mother.
“At approximately 5:30 (Sunday), the search and recovery efforts for Joshua Summeries have been terminated at the Zion landfill. Sadly, Joshua was not located,” Zion Police Chief Wayne Brooks said in a statement.
Brooks added that the Green Bay Road landfill receives around 1,700 tons of trash per day, and authorities “launched an exhaustive and daunting search” of an area that was thought to hold the specific refuse that suspect Demetries Thorpe allegedly told police he placed the baby in early Wednesday.
“Police were aided at the landfill search by multiple law enforcement officers, nationally recognized and specially trained cadaver search dogs, and volunteer members of the Illinois and Wisconsin National Guard,” Brooks said. “The compacted refuse could only be moved and spread out by heavy equipment and operators provided by Advance Disposal throughout the search.
“Personnel using rakes and their hands then tediously sifted through the refuse. This same painstaking search method continued for more than four full days, until the area where Joshua was thought to be had been completely and meticulously cleared.
“This search took a physical and emotional toll on even the most seasoned professionals, who did everything humanly possible to find Joshua.”
But Clyde McLemore, a community activist in Zion, said that Kisha Summeries has asked him to be her spokesperson and she is distraught that the baby was not found. “Her baby is all she had. She doesn’t want to see him in the garbage even though she knows his soul is with God,” he said.
“If she had more of an education and money, they would have continued the search. It’s not a racial thing,” he said.
“She wants to put her baby away at peace and give him a righteous home, she doesn’t want him left in the trash. I think they could do a little bit more,” he said, adding that they are trying to put pressure on the police department to resume the search.
They are also working to set up a fund at a local bank for funeral services. Another prayer vigil was held Monday, Aug. 26, at Green Park, across the street from the Salem Food Mart and Salem Avenue and Galilee, a few blocks down from her apartment.
“The police released the apartment and when we opened the door she just fell backwards,” McLemore said. “She couldn’t go in,” he said. He claimed Red Cross would not assist because she has a place to stay, the apartment where the crime took place.
“She needs counseling and a place to stay. She’s been a part of DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) her whole life.” McLemore said. He said she and Clarence, Joshua’s father, met when they were both at Allendale in Lake Villa and they have six children, four of whom are in foster care, one is with the father and Joshua is presumed dead.
Her boyfriend, Demetries Thorpe, who was charged in the slaying after he allegedly told police he put his hand over the baby’s mouth to stop him from crying, is being held on $5 million bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12.
Frank Abderholden (fabderholden@stmedianetwork)