There were no additional bidders Thursday at a foreclosure sale on the house at 94 Dole Ave., Crystal Lake, where police have said Andrew Freund Sr. and JoAnn Cunningham killed their 5-year-old son, AJ Freund.
The public auction took place Thursday at the NLT Title office,
390 Congress Parkway, Suite D, Crystal Lake.
The current mortgage holder, a private real estate investor named William Progar, made an opening bid of $49,900.
Since no additional bids were placed, Progar won the property by default, said his attorney, Jonathan Kaman.
The sale must be approved by a judge before it is finalized.
Once that order is entered, Freund and Cunningham’s right to the property would expire within 30 days. Depending on how soon a judge can approve the sale, Freund and Cunningham could have their rights to the property terminated as soon as the beginning of the new year.
Attempts to foreclose on the property began in 2018, when lenders Home Sites LLC filed a petition citing defaulted payments in the amount of $98,909.
The lenders subsequently backed out of the proceedings when Progar bought the mortgage from them.
In July, McHenry County Judge Suzanne Mangiemele granted the foreclosure request, marking the beginning of a three-month redemption period, during which Freund and Cunningham could have tried to win back their property by paying the $107,536 owed in liens and unpaid property taxes.
The city of Crystal Lake also has an interest in the property.
On July 10, the city filed a petition at the McHenry County Courthouse seeking to demolish the dilapidated home.
The cost of bringing the house up to code would exceed the cost of knocking it down, according to the city’s petition, which is up again in court Wednesday.
Freund and Cunningham are each charged with first-degree murder and a handful of other felony offenses in connection with AJ’s death.
Police believe the parents falsely reported their son missing April 18, knowing the boy actually had died in their home days earlier, court records show.
On the morning of April 24, Freund reportedly led police to a rural area near Woodstock where he buried AJ’s body in a shallow grave, records show.