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17-year-old Island Lake boy remains missing despite extensive police search, authorities say

Abe Gonzalez, 17, of Island Lake.

A 17-year-old Island Lake boy who was last seen in Wauconda has been missing for almost three days now despite extensive law enforcement searches using search dogs and drones, police said.

Abe Gonzalez, 17, of Island Lake, was seen by his father walking out the front door of their home around 10 p.m. Friday, according to the Island Lake Police Department.

The boy told his father he was going out to get fresh air. Later that evening, Abe was seen at a home in the 26000 block of Morey Street in unincorporated Wauconda attending a party, police said.

He was last seen leaving the party westbound on Maple Avenue from Morey Street by himself shortly after midnight on Saturday. Abe’s cellphone is not working because the battery is dead, police believe.

Abe’s father called police around 6:35 p.m. Saturday when the boy never returned home.

“A full canvass of the neighborhood was conducted. We interviewed everyone who had been with Abe earlier as well. Foot patrols were also conducted. Being unsuccessful with these searches, we requested assistance from Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT) on Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m.,” the Island Lake Police Department said.

“MCAT has drones that can be used to search off road areas. These drones were used to search wooded and open field areas. This search didn’t produce any results either,” the department added.

Specialized dogs from the Illinois-Wisconsin Search and Rescue Dogs organization were called to assist. They arrived Sunday afternoon and continued searching until nightfall with no results.

“At this time, we have exhausted our leads and ask that anyone with any information about his whereabouts, contact the Island Lake Police Department,” the department said in a statement.

Abe, who is described as being 5-foot-8 with curly brown hair and brown eyes, was last seen wearing a grey hoodie, blue jeans and white shoes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Island Lake Police Department at 847-526-2100.

The Wauconda Police Department and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office are also assisting in the investigation.


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