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Body found in Hudson case

Police searching for Jennifer Hudson's missing nephew have found the body of a young black boy in a vehicle.

Police tape is stretched around the outside of the home of Darnell Hudson Donnerson, the mother of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, on Oct 25 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.
Police tape is stretched around the outside of the home of Darnell Hudson Donnerson, the mother of Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, on Oct 25 2008 in Chicago, Illinois.

CHICAGO // Police searching for Jennifer Hudson's missing seven-year-old nephew have found the body of a young black boy in a vehicle today. The body has not been identified. Ms Hudson's nephew, Julian King, hasn't been seen since Friday, when Ms Hudson's mother and brother were found shot to death in their home. Police have been searching for Julian, who lived in the home, and a 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban.

The body of a young boy was found in a white SUV on the city's West Side today. The vehicle was towed away with the body still inside. Police said that the vehicle's licence plate matched the number listed in an earlier police alert. Ms Hudson, who won an Academy Award in 2007 for her role in 'Dreamgirls,' was in Chicago during the weekend. The medical examiner's office confirmed that Ms Hudson had identified the bodies of her mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother, Jason Hudson, 29. The deaths were ruled homicides.

Ms Hudson, 27, offered a US$100,000 (more than Dh367,000) reward for the safe return of her nephew, who is the son of her sister, Julia Hudson. Ms Hudson said in a statement: "Jennifer and her family appreciate the enormous amount of love, support and prayers they have received while she and her family try to cope with this tragedy and continue the search for Julian." An earlier police alert listed William Balfour, the estranged husband of Julia Hudson, as a suspect in a "double homicide investigation." Mr Balfour, 27, who is not Julian's father, has not been charged. Police said they did not have a motive for the killings but called the case "domestic related."

Chicago police took Mr Balfour into custody on Friday to question him about the killings. Yesterday, he was transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections "based on his active parole violation unrelated to this investigation." Records from the Corrections Department show that Mr Balfour is on parole and spent nearly seven years in prison for attempted murder, vehicle hijacking and possessing a stolen vehicle. Corrections spokeswoman, Januari Smith, said Mr Balfour would probably remain in state custody until the Illinois Prisoner Review Board looked at his case. She would not say where Mr Balfour was being held. Mr Balfour's mother, Michele Balfour, has denied he was involved the killings or in Julian's disappearance.

* AP