Police have found the body of a young boy following a search for Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson’s seven-year-old nephew, who has been missing since Ms Hudson’s mother and brother were killed last week.
Police did not immediately release the boy’s identity but local media reports said a vehicle in which the body was found belonged to Ms Hudson’s dead brother, Jason (29).
Police had issued an alert on Friday saying the boy may have been abducted in that vehicle.
The boy, Julian King, has been missing since Ms Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson (57) and Jason Hudson were found shot dead in Ms Donerson’s South Side Chicago home. Police said the killings appeared to be part of a domestic disturbance.
Media reports said police had taken William Balfour into custody as a suspect in the double homicide investigation. Mr Balfour (27) had a relationship with Hudson’s sister Julia but is not the father of the missing boy. Mr Balfour and Julia Hudson were estranged.
The Illinois Department of Corrections website lists Mr Balfour as having been convicted of attempted murder, car theft and vehicular hijacking. He was released from prison in 2006.
Jennifer Hudson gained fame in 2005 as a contestant on the US television show American Idol.