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Body Pulled from Palos Heights Lake is Missing Crestwood Man (Update)

James Sylvester, 21, has been missing since last week. Rescue crews found him, along with a Honda Civic, in a Cook County forest preserve lake.

Updated 7:56 p.m. April 5

PALOS, IL -- A body pulled from a Palos Heights lake Friday has been confirmed as missing Crestwood man James Sylvester, according to the Cook County Sheriff's office.

Sylvester had been missing since March 27, police said. His body was found along with a Honda Civic in Arrowhead Lake, located near 135th Street and Harlem Avenue in Cook County forest preserve land.

The 21-year-old college student from Crestwood was distraught over a relationship, police said. His last communication was a text message to friends and ex-girlfriend saying, "Tell everyone I'm sorry."

Hundreds of volunteers had turned out to help search for Sylvester. Police told the family that a “credible source” indicated that Sylvester had been spotted in Oak Forest on Monday.

Sylvester drove a Honda Civic, police said.

The last ping from Sylvester's cellphone came from the area of 135th Street and Harlem Avenue, according to police.

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Firefighters and law enforcement are working on removing a car from Lake Arrowhead in Palos Heights, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office.

Firefighters on scene dressed in dive suits were searching an area between 50 to 100 feet from the shore.

"There is a car in the water and they are trying to recover it," said Cook County Sheriff's spokeswoman Sophia Ansari.

Police on scene said they are treating the area as a potential crime scene. Authorities were first called to the location around 12:40 p.m. Friday, Ansari said.

The forest preserve area is closed off while authorities investigate.

Dive teams from Orland, Palos, Palos Heights, New Lenox and Peotone fire departments and districts are working on scene. Cook County Forest Preserve Police also were at the location.

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paul marrird April 07, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Condolences to you and to his other friends and his family. Changes for the better often happens just moments after going through what seems to be your worst situation. Prayer works well...asking God for His help! Just remember....what you get might not be what you want...but it is the BEST way according to your circumstances.Use it...and pass it on Too bad 'Jimmy' didn't know or use this solution! Stay well ....gain wisdom and use it.
charlies angel April 07, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Why didn't our patch in channahon post this story? Didn't know a man was missing. How can people help if you don't post it? Sorry sad ending for the family.
John Bello April 07, 2013 at 04:27 PM
A heart will never be practical until they can make one thats unbreakable.
rayzer April 12, 2013 at 05:18 PM
I think there was definitely four play,why and how would a man off himself then drive himself into a lake?? Hmmm seen a bit sus to me!! R.I.P. young man...
Baba Wawa April 13, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Um, maybe he drove into the lake and drowned. You're stupid.

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