Body Pulled from Maple Lake Near Where Missing Man's Car Was Found
Police won't say if body pulled from Maple Lake Tuesday morning is that of missing Oak Lawn man, Alpha Sabbithi. Awaiting official confirmation from Cook County Medical Examiner's office.
The body of a male was pulled Maple Lake in the Cook County Forest Preserve on Tuesday morning.
Oak Lawn Police would not confirm if the body was that of Alpha Sabbithi, 27, who was reported missing by his family early Sunday morning.
Sabbithi’s car was found parked at the gate of Maple Lake at 95th Street and Wolf Road with his cell phone, car keys and wallet locked inside. A police bloodhound tracked the missing man's scent to the lake, but it was lost there.
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Family members told police that Sabbithi had recently appeared depressed, but was not taking medication or being treated for it.
Law enforcement agencies had been searching the forest preserve for Sabbithi since Sunday.
“We were notified by forest preserve police that a body was found in the lake this morning,” Oak Lawn Division Chief Michael Kaufmann said. “At this point, official confirmation is going to have to be made by the Cook County Medical Exmainer.”
Kaufmann said that the clothing on the body was consistent with information given to police by Sabbithi’s family—a black t-shirt with the word “Hollywood” written across it in white letters, and brown cargo pants.
“Our detectives have been in contact with the family and they’re aware of what transpired,” Kaufmann said. “If this is the case, then at least they’ll have some resolution. They’re a very nice family.”
An autopsy is expected to take place at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office on Wednesday.
Ken Szeredy, who operates the boat house at Maple Lake, told Patch that the body was found at approximately 11 a.m., about seven feet offshore near where Sabbithi’s car was found.
“The fire department came with hooks and pulled the body to shore,” Szeredy said. “The body already had rigor mortis.”
Szeredy believed that a man fishing at the lake may have spotted the body and called police.
Maple Lake is 21 feet deep at its deepest and there have been others who have drowned there. Szeredy said the depth of the lake “drops off pretty quick” from the shoreline.
“They looked everywhere except for where the car was found,” Szeredy said. “It only would have taken two or three minutes to walk there from the car.”
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