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3 Days & No Answers in Death of South Jersey Boy, 3

More than three days after a 3-year-old boy's body was found dumped in a wooded area near the Cooper River, neighbors continued to fell uneasy about what happened and feared that a possible suspect remains on the loose.

"We're just nervous and we'd like to know some answers," said Haddon Township's Lori Bonrisco. "Halloween's coming and we're debated whether to even let the kids go trick-or-treating. There seem to be no answers."

Investigators have revealed little about their investigation into the death of Brendan Link Creato.

The 3-year-old Haddon Township boy's body was found in a wooded area near the Cooper River Tuesday -- about three hours after his father reported him missing.

Sources close to the investigation told NBC10 Brendan didn't walk into the woods alone and his body was "definitely placed there."

An autopsy was inconclusive, and X-rays revealed no broken bones. The Camden County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday the autopsy with no cause or manner of death would hinder but not halt the investigation.

Police returned to the crime scene Friday and K-9s sniffed the area Thursday night, according to uneasy neighbors.

But still no one has been held accountable for Brendan's death.

"I'm a little scared... no one's hearing anything, no one knows anything at all," said neighbor Diane Anlege.

Brendan's dad reported the tot missing around 6 a.m. Tuesday from a small apartment building in Haddon Township, said prosecutor's office spokesman Andy McNeil.

The road from Brendan's home to the park runs through a suburban neighborhood with big lots and large homes. The park itself is full of dangers, including stairs to a small concrete landing that drops off into a branch of the Cooper River.

NBC10 has yet to speak with Brendan's parents.

As the community searches for closure, a prayer yoga session will be held in Cooper Park at S Park and West drives at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to give them a chance to breathe and relax. Blue and black ribbons are also being displayed in Brendan's memory.

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