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Dismembered remains of missing boy Kyrian Knox found in a Chicago lagoon

  • The dismembered remains found in a Chicago lagoon in September were confirmed on Wednesday to be those of two-year-old Kyrian Knox 
  • The boy was reported missing on September 17
  • His mother, Lanisha Knox, said she left Kyrian with friends while she was moving to a new home
  • Lanisha said she made numerous attempts to pick up her son from the family that was watching him yet they always gave her an excuse
  • No arrests have been made at this time  

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Alexandra Klausner For Dailymail.com


Published:
20:17 EST, 4 November 2015

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Updated:
02:18 EST, 5 November 2015

The dismembered remains of a toddler found in a Chicago lagoon were identified through DNA as that of a two-year-old northern Illinois boy reported missing in September, Chicago Police said on Wednesday.

The FBI informed local investigators that remains found in September in the Garfield Park lagoon on Chicago’s west side were that of Kyrian Knox of Rockford, said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. 

The family was notified and a death investigation continues to determine why and how the boy was killed, he said. No arrests have been made at this time. 

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The FBI informed local investigators that dismembered remains found in September in the Garfield Park lagoon on Chicago's west side were that of missing child Kyrian Knox
An investigation into Knox's death continues

Found dead:  The FBI informed local investigators that dismembered remains found in September in the Garfield Park lagoon on Chicago’s west side were that of missing child Kyrian Knox

‘My heart is hurting right now,’ Kyrian’s grandmother, Cameshia Harris, told the Chicago Tribune. 

‘We’re processing the information as a family that we were given today. The family is together and we are trying to wrap our minds over it.’

The boy was reported missing on September 17. His mother, Lanisha Knox, said she left Kyrian with friends while she was moving to a new home and was notified of his disappearance by police. 

Lanisha said she made numerous attempts to pick up her son from the family that was watching him yet they always gave her an excuse as to why it was not a good time. 

Heartbroken: Mother Lanisha Knox said she made numerous failed attempts to pick up her son from the family who were watching him

Heartbroken: Mother Lanisha Knox said she made numerous failed attempts to pick up her son from the family who were watching him

‘At this point, I don’t trust anyone and I do feel like somebody knows something and they’re not saying anything,’ Knox told NBC.

Authorities said at the time that they believed Kyrian went missing in mid-August, but the exact date wasn’t clear.

The remains were found September 5, when a park visitor reported seeing what turned out to be a left foot floating in the lagoon. 

Officers later found a decomposed right foot and a hand about 25 yards away. 

Additional body parts were recovered from the park and police categorized the case as a death investigation.

Detectives began culling missing person reports as they worked to identify the victim, and investigators went to Rockford to collection DNA from Kyrian’s mother.

Guglielmi said Chicago Police and the Rockford Police Department will coordinate their investigations into Kyrian’s death.

‘It is a high priority for Chicago Police to determine how Kyrian died and hold the people responsible accountable,’ he said.

Guglielmi refused to say who investigators are questioning in the boy’s death, saying they have a long way to go in determining how he was killed. He said identifying the victim was a tremendous break in the case.

Grisly discovery: The remains were found September 5, when a park visitor reported seeing what turned out to be a left foot floating in the lagoon. Officers later found a decomposed right foot and a hand about 25 yards away

Grisly discovery: The remains were found September 5, when a park visitor reported seeing what turned out to be a left foot floating in the lagoon. Officers later found a decomposed right foot and a hand about 25 yards away

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