This is the worst news possible. Authorities believe they have recovered the body of 7 year old Julian King who has been missing since Friday.
In what may be the horrible conclusion to an epically tragic weekend for Jennifer Hudson's family, Chicago authorities have recovered the body of a 7-year-old boy fitting the description of the entertainer's missing nephew.
However, there has been no confirmation that the remains, found in an SUV abandoned on a Chicago street, are those of Julian King.
Julian vanished following the slayings of Hudson's mother and brother, who were shot dead in their home Friday. Police issued an Amber Alert and FBI kidnapping experts were called in to help search for a white 1994 Chevy Suburban—the same vehicle in which the body was discovered, about 14 miles from the murder site.
Over the weekend, Hudson and her sister, Julia, the boy's mother, both made emotional pleas for Julian's safe return. The Oscar-winning Dreamgirls star also offered a $100,000 reward and asked fans "to pray for our family."
The boy's stepfather, William Balfour, 27, was detained by police but has not formally been charged. He is currently in the custody of state officials.