Chicago cops have found the body of a child and are investigating whether it's the body of Jennifer Hudson's nephew, Julian King. The medical examiner has not yet made an ID, but we are now told the body is that of a 7-year-old African American boy, the same age and race as Julian (Scroll down for live video of crime scene).
The body was found inside a 1994 white Chevy Suburban. It is the same SUV owned by Jason Hudson, the murdered brother of Jennifer. Before his arrest, cops were looking for William Balfour, the suspect and estranged husband of Jennifer's sister. The license plate of the Suburban matches Jason's SUV.
The SUV was found a few miles from the area where cops arrested Balfour.
The SUV is now being towed from the scene. Unclear if the body is still at the scene. No ID so far.
Neighbors say the vehicle has been parked there since Saturday. Balfour was arrested Friday night.
Live stream of news footage can be found at the above TMZ link
And...LJ is super slow / just coming back up right now. Just wanted to make sure a post for this was up for you guys as I leave for work.
Update # 1: The FBI has now said the body discovered today in an SUV in Chicago is "believed to be" that of Julian King, Jennifer Hudson's 7-year-old nephew. Chicago cops have not yet commented. It is worth noting -- the Amber Alert for Julian has been called off.
Update # 2: 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.
Update # 3: It was found by a 75-year-old who lives on the block, John Louden. He said he has lived on the block for 18 years and worried about people selling drugs in the abandoned building behind it. He saw the SUV while walking his dog. After a double-take, he realized the license plate matched the one police were looking for.
"I didn't look in there. I didn't touch it. I knew it was a strange vehicle," Louden said. He said police showed up in about five minutes after his wife called them. They discovered the child inside. The body was removed and the SUV was towed away for evidence processing. "I feel bad about that baby," Louden said
Update # 4: Press conference from the police department has been scheduled for
Update # 5: The Chicago Fox affiliate is going to be streaming the press conference at their website - myfoxchicago.com.
Update # 6: Law enforcement sources said that the boy was shot multiple times in the back of the vehicle. Police are testing the clothing of a man in custody for gunshot residue.
Hudson family members were expected at the medical examiner's office this afternoon to identify the body. Police Supt. Jody Weis will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today. [Chicago time]
Update # 7: Actress-singer Jennifer Hudson and family members are expected to go to the Cook County medical examiner's office by 3 p.m., according to a spokesman for the office. Hudson's security detail informed the office that a group would be headed there from a downtown hotel.
Update # 8: A source close to the investigation of the body believed to be that of Julian King says he suffered at least one gun shot to the head...Jennifer Hudson has not yet arrived to ID the body -- but should be there shortly.
Update # 9: Sources say that police have told the Hudson family that the body found on Chicago's West Side is that of 7-year-old Julian King.
Update # 10: A press conference is being held right now, presumably to reveal the identity of the boy who was found dead in an SUV. According to reports officials will say it's Julian King, the 7-year-old nephew of Jennifer Hudson. (Click here for feed courtesy of myfoxchicago.com.)
Update # 11: Chicago police have confirmed the body they found earlier in the day was in fact Julian King, Jennifer Hudson's 7-year-old nephew. Cops they are reviewing surveillance tapes in the neighborhood where the SUV was found. Cops have not named anyone as an official suspect. They have called William Balfour "a person of interest." Our law enforcement sources, however, have said Balfour is indeed the prime suspect. Cops would not confirm the cause of death.
Update # 12: The identity of the body also was confirmed this afternoon by the Cook County medical examiner's office, where an autopsy will be done Tuesday.
Update # 13: William Balfour's mugshot:
Update # 14: Guestbook for the Hudsons on Legacy.com