Authorities continue to search for 24-year-old Thomas Howe, who went missing on Saturday after a crash on Interstate 94 near Libertyville.
Thomas “Tommy” Howe, 24, of Antioch, was reported missing to the Antioch Police Department.
The Vernon Hills Police Department said that Howe went to an appointment Saturday morning in Vernon Hills.
He was involved in a crash on Interstate 94 at mile marker 16.75 near Libertyville, police said.
Immediately following the crash, Howe fled the scene on foot in an unknown direction.
Howe was last seen wearing a gray North Face jacket and jeans, according to a missing person alert.
Howe is described as a male white, 5-foot-8, with brown eyes and brown hair.
Howe left his personal cell phone in his car following the crash, police said.
On Monday, search teams located Howe’s work cell phone in the Old School Forest Preserve in unincorporated Libertyville.
A relative of Howe said that he was possibly spotted midday on Sunday in a neighborhood north of Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills.
Police said they could not confirm the sighting.
Antioch Communications Specialist Jim Moran said investigators led a collaborative search of the Old School Forest Preserve Thursday morning.
The Antioch Police Department, who is leading the search, was joined by the Illinois State Police, Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Lake County Forest Preserve Police.
Thursday’s search was focused on areas identified as having a “higher likelihood of providing information about Howe’s activities within the forest preserve following the crash,” Moran said.
Prior to the Thursday search, Antioch Police Chief Geoffrey Guttschow met with Howe’s family and volunteers.
“We want Tommy’s family and friends to know that we’re committed to being there with them every step of this process,” Guttschow said.
“Our investigators continue to follow up on every lead that has been called into our dispatch center. Our search today included help from numerous agencies, the use of a drone, and a Lake County Sheriff K-9 unit.”
Guttschow thanked those who submitted leads to police.
Anyone who thinks they may have seen Howe is asked to call the CenCom Dispatch Center at 847-270-9111.