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Search underway after missing man’s bicycle, cellphone found on trail near Buffalo Grove

Raj Rawal, 50, of the 300 block of Inverrary Lane in unincorporated Deerfield, was reported missing by his family on Saturday | Provided photo.

A missing Deerfield man’s bicycle and cellphone were found on the Des Plaines River Trail near Buffalo Grove as police search with a helicopter, drone, canine and airboat.

Raj Rawal, 50, of the 300 block of Inverrary Lane in unincorporated Deerfield, was reported missing by his family on Saturday, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that Rawal left his home on his bicycle but left behind his wallet and keys. Rawal’s family told police that he has recently been showing signs of depression.

Sheriff’s deputies and detectives located Rawal’s bicycle and cellphone along the shoreline of the Des Plaines River Tail near Lake Cook Road and Milwaukee Avenue in unincorporated Buffalo Grove.

“Attempts to locate Rawal utilizing sheriff’s and other area police canines, drone, helicopter, and airboat have thus far been unsuccessful,” Covelli said.

Rawal’s family was not able to provide police with a description of what he was wearing when he left the home. He is described as being 5-foot-8 and 140 pounds with brown hair, black eyes and having a dark olive complexion.

Anyone who sees Rawal or has any information of his whereabouts is asked to call 911.


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