Sheriff’s officials suspect a 60-year-old hunter fell into the water from his boat before his disappearance Monday. Crews searched for him for a third day in unincorporated Lake Villa Wednesday.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 1:30 p.m. Monday to a report of a missing person.
Deputies learned Patrick R. Serzynski, 60, of unincorporated Lake Villa, was hunting on Fourth Lake in unincorporated Lake Villa, according to Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli.
Serzynski has not been heard from since 10 a.m. Monday.
Covelli said the sheriff’s office located the man’s boat and property at his duck blind.
Emergency crews searched for hours Monday for Serzynski before calling off searches around 6:30 p.m.
“We are searching the marshy area surrounding the lake, and the lake itself,” Covelli said.
The Lake Villa Fire Protection District and numerous other fire departments were called to assist in the water search.
The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) was activated to the box alarm level to bring sonar technicians to the lake on Monday and again on Tuesday.
Fire department personnel were seen staged near Fourth Lake Hunt Club, 20703 West Lakeview Avenue in unincorporated Lake Villa, which is on the northwest side of Fourth Lake.
Crews resumed their search Tuesday and continued searching Wednesday with no results.
The Fox Lake, Grayslake, Round Lake, Antioch, Crystal Lake, Buffalo Grove, Wauconda, Mundelein, Lake Forest, Gurnee, Libertyville, Countryside and other fire departments were spotted participating in the searches this week.
“Based on most likely probability, we think it’s most plausible that Patrick fell off his boat and into the water. Our search remains focused on the water and marshy area surrounding the water,” Covelli told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.
The shallowness along with an extremely weedy and murky bottom have made the search very difficult, especially with the use of sonar, Covelli said.
The search is expected to resume Thursday morning.