Funeral arrangements have been made for 20-year-old John Bicek, who was found dead in Ringwood last week after being reported missing.
John W. Bicek Jr., 20, of Hebron, was last seen around 8 a.m. July 30 leaving his job at Love’s Travel Stop, 201 Love’s Crossing in Hampshire. Bicek’s family reported him missing to the McHenry Police Department on August 3.
The man’s family said they tracked his phone signal to a subdivision behind Fort McHenry Park, 4301 West Front Royal Drive in McHenry, around 6 p.m. August 3.
Bicek’s family then found the man’s vehicle abandoned in the back of the park’s parking lot but were unable to find his phone. A Burger King receipt from 8:02 a.m. August 2 was located inside his vehicle.
The family called police and filed a missing persons report after finding his vehicle. The McHenry Police Department and the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office, along with other area police departments, began searching for the man.
On August 6, the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and McHenry Police Department located Bicek’s body in a wooded area south of Barnard Mill Road just off the Prairie Trail bike path in Ringwood.
An autopsy conducted on the body by the McHenry County Coroner’s Office confirmed it to be Bicek, according to McHenry County Sheriff Detective Sandra Rogers.
Bicek’s mother said she is thankful for everyone who has helped with the search. The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office did not release any further details about the death.
Bicek graduated in 2017 from McHenry West High School as a Distinguished Warrior. During his school years, Bicek excelled in chess, several AP classes and was part of the National Honor Society, according to his obituary.
“He enjoyed reading, gaming and above all, his friends and family. He was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and will be greatly missed by many and always remembered as a great son, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend,” his obituary read.
A visitation will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 18 at Colonial Funeral Home and Crematory, 591 Ridgeview Drive in McHenry.