Authorities say the body of an adult male was found Friday at the Illinois Beach State Park in Zion near where a missing Highwood man’s car was recently found.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said his deputies responded to a call around 8:55 a.m. Friday at 21st Street and Burnett Avenue in unincorporated Zion.
A person called 911 after spotting an African American male lying on the ground, Covelli said.
The area is near the North Dunes Nature Preserve in the Illinois Beach State Park between 17th Street and 21st Street.
Lake County Deputy Chief Coroner Stephen Newton told Lake and McHenry County Scanner that his office was called to the scene around 10:40 a.m. Friday.
Police agencies told the coroner’s office the body had been located by someone who was walking along the beachfront.
Newton said foul play is not suspected and his office is working on positively identifying the body. They will then notify the family once they have confirmed the identity.
An autopsy is in the process of being scheduled and will likely take place early next week, Newton said.
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police also responded and are conducting the investigation.
On Wednesday, police located the vehicle of Damarquis D. Henry, 22, of Highwood, in a parking lot on Shiloh Boulevard where the road dead-ends at the railroad crossing, according to family members.
Henry was last seen on January 28 when he went to visit his grandmother in Zion.
The Gurnee Police Department, who took Henry’s missing person report, was not immediately available for comment.