Police said that there is no evidence to suggest foul play in the disappearance of Abe Gonzalez and they are asking Island Lake and Wauconda Township residents to check their yards, sheds and outbuildings for the teen.
Abe Gonzalez, 17, of the 3200 block of Poplar Drive in 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, adding that the teen was described as being highly intoxicated.
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 died when he got to the party, witnesses told police.
Sonar technicians from numerous fire departments in Lake and McHenry counties began a search of Slocum Lake in Wauconda Township Wednesday morning with no results.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation Tuesday and learned the lake had not been searched yet.
“It [Slocum Lake] is very close to where the young man was last seen, so definitely an area which needed to be searched,” Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said.
“If you live in this area highlighted on the map, please check your property, any outbuildings or sheds, as it’s possible Abe attempted to keep warm, due to the cold weather, when he left on foot. Call 911 if you locate him,” the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said on social media Wednesday evening.
Several police canines, sheriff’s deputies and auxiliary deputies conducted another search Wednesday of the immediate area where Abe went missing. Detectives have been speaking with those who were at the party and are working on retrieving video surveillance from area residents and businesses, Covelli said.
Abe’s father called police around 6:35 p.m. Saturday when the boy never returned home. A full canvas of the neighborhood was conducted and police interviewed those who had been with Abe before he went missing.
Drone searches of wooded and open field areas also did not produce any results.
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.
Abe, who is described as being 5-foot-8, 176 pounds, with curly brown hair and brown eyes, was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt, blue jeans and white shoes.
An additional ground search has been scheduled by law enforcement for Thursday morning.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 847-377-4250 or submit tips via email to Sheriff@LakeCountyIL.gov.