Body of Jennifer Hudson's nephew found

Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:47pm EDT
 
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Police found the body on Monday of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson's 7-year-old nephew, who had been missing since Hudson's mother and brother were slain last week.

Julian King's body had been left in the back seat of a stolen car found abandoned on a Chicago street.

The discovery ended a search that began on Friday after a family member found the body of Hudson's mother, Darnell Donerson, 57, and brother Jason Hudson, 29, both shot dead in the family home.

The vehicle in which the boy's body was found belonged to Jason Hudson and had been missing since the slayings.

"We're following any lead we can get right now," Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis told a news conference.

He declined to say how the boy died.

Police said at the start of the investigation Friday that the slayings appeared to be part of a domestic disturbance, but Weis declined to speculate on a motive.

Weis confirmed that William Balfour, 27, had been taken into custody and was being held for a parole violation, and that he remained a "person of interest" in the case.

Balfour had a relationship with Hudson's sister Julia but is not the father of the missing boy. Balfour's mother said earlier her son and Julia were estranged and that he had nothing to do with the slayings.   Continued...

 
<p>Julian King in an undated photo. Chicago police asked the FBI on Saturday to help find the missing 7-year-old nephew of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson after her mother and brother were found shot to death a day earlier. REUTERS/National Center for Missing &amp; Exploited Children/Handout</p>