Police Search Area for Missing Crestwood Man - UPDATED

James Sylvester IV said to be distraught over relationship. Family and friends fear he may harm himself, Crestwood Police say.

Crestwood Police are searching for a man who has been missing since Wednesday and left information on his computer indicating he may want to harm himself, the Chicago Tribune reported.

James Sylvester IV is 21 years old. Police say Sylvester was distraught over a relationship and was last heard from Thursday morning when he texted and ex-girlfriend and friends saying, "Tell everyone I'm sorry."

Sylvester is described as white, 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds with brown hair, blue eyes and a reddish-brown beard, police said. He was last seen wearing a brown Carhartt jacket and black gym shoes.

He drives a beige-gold 2002 Honda Civic with Illinois license plate N253967.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crestwood police at 708-385-5131 or 708-371-4800.

Update: Saturday, 1:44 p.m. 

Aerial searches are now underway for Sylvester with much of the search focused on the Crestwood, Palos Heights and Orland Park areas, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The report says there has been no activity on either his credit cards or cell phone since he went messing.

amy melvin March 30, 2013 at 03:52 PM
This is my coworkers son, please say lots of prayers for his safe return.
oaklawnconcerned March 30, 2013 at 04:09 PM
I pray he comes home safe
Bigdaddy_Inc March 30, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Lord, look over my dearest childhoods friends family, may Godspeed him home, safe.
Honestly IPO March 30, 2013 at 07:34 PM
You have all my positive thoughts for his safe return.
PD March 30, 2013 at 09:33 PM
I pray for his safe return.
Let Down by Patch March 31, 2013 at 02:53 AM
God help him and bring him home safely.
Bigdaddy_Inc March 31, 2013 at 04:53 AM
Jimmy, I barely know you. Please as your father is/was/shall remain my childhood best friend. You especially, yet they deserve your return. If you can read this at all. We especially your immediate family, Dad, Mom & Sister are devastated. Frankly, so am I. I love you, so do they, so does God. Godspeed young man. Andy
Eileen hynes April 01, 2013 at 03:38 AM
I hope they find him unharmed sending prayers out to the family that there son would be found and unharmed god bless
john smith April 01, 2013 at 04:24 PM
I assume the main objective of the searching is locating the vehicle. Has that been located? Is there a website or facebook page for this case?
john smith April 01, 2013 at 06:52 PM
I have found some of the information I was looking for. I will share it here. VEHICLE NOT LOCATED IN THESE AREAS: 1. When Sylvester still had not returned home on Thursday, his father and grandfather, also named James, checked all of the area forest-preserve parking lots for his car. 2. His sister, Amanda, tried to get Sylvester’s class schedule from DeVry but the university would not release it. After searching the campus parking lot for her brother’s car, Sylvester, who had a perfect attendance record at work and school, had not shown up for class. His family reported him missing to Crestwood Police on Thursday afternoon. 3.Authorities also checked state toll-booths but there are no records of Sylvester’s car passing through. A Facebook page has also been created for the missing Crestwood man, "Help Us Find Jim Sylvester" The family is organizing a search party for the missing college student on Monday (April 1). Volunteers are asked to meet at 10 a.m. in the Ultra Foods parking lot at 13180 S Cicero Ave. in Crestwood. Volunteers will split into teams and search area parking lots for Sylvester’s car. No outdoor searches are planned.
Drew Floyd April 05, 2013 at 04:42 AM
Aerial searches, dragged/dove the Cal Sag. Checked forest preserves etc. Along with the above stated. As well as police have "credible witness" Monday he (James) was seen in Oak Forest. Prayers still flow. No answers yet.


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