Police announced that a body, believed to be the missing 82-year-old Gurnee man, was found Monday afternoon in a pond in Gurnee.
The Gurnee Police Department responded around 3:30 p.m. Monday to the area of Washington Street and Hillview Drive for a report of a body found in a pond.
Officials said that the 911 caller reported the body appeared to be matching the description of Jimmy Hedrich, 82, who went missing early Friday morning.
Authorities were able to retrieve the body from the pond and are awaiting confirmation on the identity of the individual.
The Gurnee Police Department said they would like to thank the community for its support and concern for the family these past several days.
Hedrich, who resides at the Gurnee Place Memory Care, 505 Hunt Club Road in Gurnee, has dementia and was last seen walking away from his living facility, which is near Hunt Club Road and Washington Street, around 5:15 a.m. Friday.
He was wearing a maroon sweatshirt, blue jeans and black sandals. Hedrich is 5-foot-10, 155 pounds, with hazel eyes and gray hair.
Silver Search of Illinois issued an Endangered Missing Person Advisory for the man.
The police department asked residents to check the area around where they live for the missing man.
Police said that Hedrich is not very familiar with the Gurnee area, but he enjoys walking through neighborhoods.
“We are grateful to the community for their tremendous support by providing search dogs, checking home surveillance cameras, and walking neighborhoods to look for him,” police said on Saturday.
Law enforcement agencies have also been providing canine search units and additional resources.
The department said that the Illinois Search and Rescue Council was coordinated to assist in the search.