Joshua Summeries

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Above: Joshua, circa 2013

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 19, 2013 from Zion, Illinois
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 13, 2013
  • Age: 5 months old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Joshua was last seen in Zion, Illinois on August 19, 2013. He started crying in the early morning hours and his mother, Kisha Summeries, went to quiet him. At 8:00 a.m., his mother's boyfriend, Demetries Thorpe, told Kisha that Joshua had been abducted by a man who reached through an open window into the apartment. When Kisha asked him more questions, such as why he had not called the police, he fled. He was located at 6:00 p.m. the following day and taken in for questioning. Two days later, Thorpe confessed to the infant's murder.

    A photo of Thorpe is posted below this case summary. He said he'd suffocated Joshua with his hand while trying to stop his crying. Thorpe said he put the body in a backpack and placed it in a garbage can behind the apartment building. A surveillance camera filmed him removing the backpack from the can and putting it in a dumpster just before the dumpster was emptied by a garbage truck. Authorities searched Zion's 330-acre landfill on Green Bay Road for four days, but were unable to find Joshua's body. Thorpe was charged with first-degree murder. He ultimately pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 years in prison with no possibility for parole. Kisha was cooperative with the investigation and no charges were filed against her.

    Joshua left behind five siblings. Four were in the custody of the state at the time of his disappearance; the fifth, a boy, was placed in his father's care after Joshua vanished. His body has never been found.

    Thorpe
    Above: Demetries Thorpe

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Zion Police Department

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    Source Information
    The Chicago Tribune
    The Daily Herald
    CBS News
    NBC Chicago

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 5, 2015; casefile added.

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