Officials with the Rockford Police Department have provided an update on the search for a missing two-year-old boy.

According to a press release, it's not clear when Kyrian Knox was last seen, but it is believed to be mid-August of 2015.  Kyrian is described as an African-American male, approximately 30 inches tall, 35 pounds, with low cut black hair and brown eyes.

Rockford Police, aware of an investigation regarding the discovery of a young child’s body parts in a Chicago park lagoon, contacted the Chicago Police Department last week to advise that Kyrian was reported missing. DNA samples from Kyrian’s mother have been provided to both the Rockford and Chicago Police Departments and have been sent for processing.

Rockford officials warn that any connection drawn from the Chicago case to Kyrian Knox remains speculation. However, the Chicago Tribune reports that detectives in Chicago are "cautiously optimistic" about the lead.

Kyrian Knox
Rockford Police Department

Officers first received a call regarding a missing boy on September 17. They were told Kyrian was in the care of a family friend prior to his disappearance. Rockford Police Detectives immediately contacted Kyrian’s mother, Lanisha Knox, and inquired about him. Detectives worked throughout the night interviewing friends and family and his information was entered as a missing child in the national database.

Officials say at this point there is no evidence to support the belief that he was abducted. Rockford Police is working with several regional and national law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Officials encourage anyone with information regarding the case to please call the Rockford Police Department at (815) 987-5824 or Crimestoppers at (815) 963-7867.