An autopsy confirmed that the body found Monday in a Gurnee pond was the 82-year-old Gurnee man who went missing last week, the coroner’s office said.
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 the Lake County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene.
Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek said Thursday afternoon that an autopsy confirmed the body recovered was Hedrich.
He died of drowning and the incident is not being considered suspicious, Banek said.
The Gurnee Police Department said they would like to thank the community for its support and concern for the family.
Hedrich, who resided at the Gurnee Place Memory Care, 505 Hunt Club Road in Gurnee, had 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.
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 was not very familiar with the Gurnee area, but he enjoyed 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 assisted in the case by providing canine search units and additional resources.
The department said that the Illinois Search and Rescue Council was also coordinated to assist in the search.