The parents of Thomas Howe announced a $10,000 reward Friday for information leading to their 24-year-old son, who disappeared following a crash near Libertyville last month.
A press conference was held Friday morning at the Antioch Village Hall.
Antioch Police Chief Geoff Guttschow thanked the hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement partners who have helped search for Howe.
Antioch Police Commander Charles Smith said investigators found no indication of trauma in Howe’s vehicle following the crash on January 22 on Interstate 94 near Libertyville.
However, he said it cannot be ruled out that Howe suffered trauma.
Multiple searches have been conducted in the area with aircraft and drones with no success, Smith said.
The Antioch Police Department created a tip line for the public. The phone number for the tip line is 224-788-4409 and tips can also be emailed to Tips@antioch.IL.gov.
Smith said over 200 leads have been received, including possible sightings. “All it takes is a single, solid lead to bring Tommy home to his parents and family,” he said.
Family spokesman Matthew DeMartini also spoke during the press conference. He said the family would like to thank everyone involved in the search, including the police and fire departments.
“Despite all the efforts and resources put forward, we still don’t know where Tommy is,” DeMartini said, adding that hundreds of people have searched the Old School Forest Preserve in unincorporated Libertyville where Howe was last reported to be.
“There are no red flags in Tommy’s life. There is nothing in his past or present which gives us any clue as to why he walked away from that accident,” DeMartini said. “Someone, somewhere, has to know something.”
Tom Howe, Tommy’s father, said that his son is a “careless, selfless person who you can always count on.”
MaryMargaret Howe, Tommy’s mother, said that their family finds the entire incident “completely out of character” for Tommy.
“We are fearful he has suffered a pretty good head injury due to the accident. Tommy if you see this and are confused, please know and remember how deep our love and care is for you and how strong of a bond our family has. Please call us if you can,” MaryMargaret said.
“Please please please everyone, we ask for your extreme vigilance while walking around, driving down the road, taking a second to maybe look in the face of people you see and just see if this truly could be our Tommy,” she said. “We ask for your help.”
The family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Howe.
Howe was last seen wearing a gray North Face jacket, dark pants, and black and white laced Vans, according to a missing person flyer.
He is described as a male white, 5-foot-8, with brown eyes and brown hair.
Howe had been traveling westbound on Interstate 94 at the 16.75 mile marker. He was in one of the center two lanes when he veered to the right and struck the guardrail, Guttschow said.
He veered back to the left, struck another vehicle and both those vehicles came to a stop in the center median.
Howe immediately left the scene on foot towards the Old School Forest Preserve near Libertyville, witnesses reported.
On January 24, search teams located Howe’s work cell phone in the forest preserve but found no other signs of the man.