CRESTWOOD, Ill. (CBS) – South suburban authorities continued searching Saturday for a 21-year-old Crestwood man who disappeared earlier this week in a despondent mood.
A relative of James Sylvester says he was last seen at home Wednesday night, when he said he was leaving to visit a friend. However, that same friend later told the family he received an “alarming” message from Sylvester, the missing man’s cousin, Tricia Demuth, said.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Record Warmth Possible Next 2 Days
Since early Thursday, his cell phone has not been active. Nor has there been any activity on his bank card, police said.
Sylvester’s last phone activity was tracked to 135th and Harlem, near a forest preserve area, Crestwood Detective Chris Soderlund said. On Saturday, Crestwood police did an aerial search via helicopter, with no luck.READ MORE: Illinois Department Of Employment Security Admits To Monthlong Callback Wait Times; State Rep. Says Methods Must Change
“They’re beyond distraught,” Soderlund said of Sylvester’s family. “The dad sits for hours by the window waiting for the son to come home, and it’s just not happening.”
Sylvester had become despondent over a relationship, Demuth said. He drives a gold 2002 Honda Civic two-door with license number N253967, his family says.MORE NEWS: The United Center COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Site: An Inside Look
Anyone with information can call Crestwood police at (708) 371-4800 during regular business hours, or (708) 385-5131 after-hours.