Fire and police department personnel respond Tuesday to the area of North Corona Drive and West Lakeview Avenue in unincorporated Lake Villa to search for Patrick R. Serzynski, 60, of unincorporated Lake Villa, (inset) who went missing Monday on Fourth Lake. | Background Photo: Remi Merrill; Inset: Provided

Search crews on Saturday recovered a body believed to be the Lake Villa hunter who went missing five days ago while on Fourth Lake, authorities said.

Patrick R. Serzynski, 60, of unincorporated Lake Villa, was reported missing around 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Sheriff’s deputies learned Serzynski was hunting on Fourth Lake in unincorporated Lake Villa, Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said.

Serzynski had 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.

Fire and police department personnel respond Monday to the area of North Corona Drive and West Lakeview Avenue in unincorporated Lake Villa after a hunter went missing on Fourth Lake. | Photo: Joe Shuman/J. Shuman Photography (2023)

Emergency crews searched for hours Monday for Serzynski before calling off searches around 6:30 p.m.

Covelli said crews were searching the marshy area surrounding the lake and the lake itself.

The Lake Villa Fire Protection District and numerous other fire departments were called to assist in the water search.

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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.

Fire and police department personnel respond Tuesday to the area of North Corona Drive and West Lakeview Avenue in unincorporated Lake Villa to search for Patrick R. Serzynski, 60, of unincorporated Lake Villa, who went missing Monday on Fourth Lake. | Photo: Remi Merrill

Crews searched throughout the week with no results until Saturday.

Covelli said a body was located in Fourth Lake approximately 300 yards from the shoreline after search efforts resumed Saturday morning.

Search crews removed the body and the Lake County Coroner’s Office responded.

“Based on the clothing and description, we do believe it’s likely the missing hunter who went missing early this week,” Covelli told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

The coroner’s office is in the process of scheduling an autopsy. Foul play is not suspected.

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Covelli said on Wednesday that it was likely Serzynski fell off his boat into the water.

The shallowness along with the extremely weedy and murky bottom reportedly made the searches difficult this week.