LATEST: Actress Jennifer Hudson is offering a $100,000 (GBP64,100) cash reward for information leading to the safe return of her seven year old nephew, who has been missing since Friday (24Oct08).
The Dreamgirls Oscar-winner issued the appeal after the double shooting of her mother Darnell Donnerson and her brother Jason Hudson at their home in Chicago, Illinois on Friday.
Seven year old Julian King, the son of Hudson's sister Julia, was staying with his grandmother when the murders took place, and he has not been seen since.
Julia's estranged husband William Balfour was arrested by police later that day and is currently being quizzed by cops over the slayings.
Authorities have issued an Amber Alert in the search of the missing boy, meaning police have launched a statewide campaign to find the child.
But Hudson, who spent the weekend (25-26Oct08) identifying the bodies of her loved ones, has stepped up the search for her nephew by offering the money and urging anyone with any knowledge of his whereabouts to come forward.
A statement from Hudson's representative Lisa Kasteler says, "Jennifer and her family appreciate the enormous amount of love, support and prayers they have received while she and her family try to cope with this tragedy and continue the search for Julian.
"We ask that all inquiries be directed to the Chicago Police Department, Area 1 Detective Division at 312/747-8380."
The FBI have been called in to assist with the search for Julian.
Ross Rice, special agent and spokesman for the FBI's Chicago-branch says, "I can confirm that we have been asked to provide assistance to the Chicago police department to assist in the search for seven-year-old Julian King."
Hudson has also reached out to her fans online, thanking them for their support and asking them to join the search for her nephew by posting a photo of him on her MySpace.com page.