I am sincerely hoping this is just an overstressed dad!!
Hopefully we will hear something from him soon. As other have implied, this area is very built up, so perhaps no foul play is involved!
Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
I live in Lake Villa, and FWIW, with light traffic I can get to the loop in Chicago in under an hour. An hour and a half would be rush hour traffic. We are only 50 miles from the city, and 15 minutes due west of Six Flags Great America. The story is hitting the Chicago news in the last day or so. Hope he is found safely.
The only one on the way from Wood Dale to Lake Villa is the Lake Forest Oasis which is 20 miles from Lake Villa on I-94 (mile marker 18). That is 20 miles north of where he was last located due to the I-Pass/call to boss and the ping from his phone. He was travelling from south (Wood Dale) to north (Lake Villa).
Lake Forest is E on this map:
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It's very strange that his car hasn't hit an IPASS. Though if he went through the city to go anywhere south, he wouldn't have necessarily hit a toll. I'm not sure about the northern suburbs though. I've lived on the northside for a long time, but I couldn't begin to tell you anything about the expressways or the burbs.
I don't think it's strange for him to get off the toll road to get cigarettes .. if he's out .. he's out and going to get some. If he drives it everyday he'd probably know gas stations, etc.
Going north on 294 .. he'd cloverleaf around and be going westbound on Touhy .. according to google maps there's a gas station on the northwest corner of River Rd. and Touhy ... from what I can figure the 2700 block is just south of Touhy .. kinda weird (and kinda scary) that his cell would ping there 5 hours later...
I'd be looking in that park/woods toward the river..
That doesn't mean he did stop. But if he does drive that road all the time, he'd know the best places to stop and get cigs. I would guess the Oasis would be more expensive, but a few miles further north the exits are less busy than the one there in Des Plaines, so that doesn't seem likely to me.
His car was a 2008 Saturn. Perhaps he pulled over for car trouble? Maybe his car (like my Saturn) burns oil and his light came on? So many possibilities.
I guess I read the I-Pass thing as registering at the exit... I know a lot of the Illinois Toll Road exits have toll on the exit. (At least they were as of a couple years ago) ..
I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and he could very easily travel this way without using a toll road. Higgins Road basically runs from that area (past the Allstate Arena) through Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and all the way to Woodstock and beyond. If he's familiar with the area and used to driving in typical rush hour traffic I would assume that be knows at least a few short cuts to bypass the worst of the congestion if necessary.
I live in the city, so not too far from this area. The casino is right off of this exit. The Des Plaines River isn't too far from there also. I'm wondering how well they've searched this area for his car. I'm actually going to be headed that way in a little bit anyway, so I think I'll make a stop over there and keep an eye out for his car.
When I was back in that neck of the woods last year, I did both of the above scenarios on the same long weekend heading south-ish toward the O'Hare area. Once getting off at Touhy, and once doing it entirely via surface streets to avoid tolls.
In my case the latter was more b/c I had rental car and not having done the i-pass thing plus being a Californian who discovered she was lousy at having enough change and being so paranoid about an unexpected 'exact change only' exit that I didn't have exact change for, I started skirting them as much as possible Ha. (Too bad I didn't know they put the new being able to pay for missed toll thing online until partway through my visit being back there!)
That said, I'm sure I'm in the minority of individuals who would tend to use those options! And we won't go into how turned around I managed to get myself toward the very end of that second skirting the tolls entirely attempt It can be very confusing in that area, and, several times I could see where I needed to get but couldn't actually get there!
Facebook missing page: https://www.facebook.com/Findnicksteward
Hoping to find~
So far on news reports I haven't seen any family or friends speak (although I may have missed it on one of the 5 networks). I know his wife has mentioned searches on her Facebook page, just wish that the media would maybe report some info on future searches as I'm sure there are many who would help.
He must of exited at Touhy Ave and either went south on South River Dr, there is a pull off into the woods right there in the 2700 block or maybe pulled into the Chippewa Woods turn around off of Touhy Ave.
Map location where cell phone lasted pinged (2700 block of South River Dr) https://maps.google.com/maps?q=2700+...gl=us&t=h&z=15
I ended up going on a little excursion last night and drove all around that area. I took 294N, and exited on W Touhy. I drove by where his phone last pinged, and went over to the casino. I drove around and checked out the casino parking lot, and the parking lots of the little hotels in that area too. I found a white Saturn Aura in the casino parking lot, but the plates didn't match. (I later went back to the car, thinking "what if he switched the plates?" but the car had left by then)
What really gets me is the 5 hours from when he went through the toll to where his cell phone pinged off the exit. What could he have been doing for 5 hours? My first thought was the casino, but why would he go to the casino if he told his wife he was on his way home from work?
Nothing makes sense, and believe me, as I was driving around, I was trying to think of everything possible. It was about 11 PM when I was over there, and it was still a pretty busy area, even at that time. At 5:30 PM, it would have been even busier. I just can't see anything happening to a grown man in that area in broad daylight. So if nothing happened to him then, where was he for those 5 hours?
The ONLY thing that makes the most sense to me (and it still doesn't completely make sense) is that he met someone and dropped his car off in that area, with the cell phone still in the car. I just don't know what else makes more sense than that.
This is such a confusing case, but I'm glad to finally see a Facebook page up for him. Hopefully that will bring in some good leads or sightings.
I agree, this case is very confusing. I was looking through his and his wife's facebook pages and they seem like such a happy, vibrant couple. I just don't get the vibe off of him that he's the type to just take off, but of course I could be very wrong.
I'm really curious what the phone call from the employer was about. My worst thought is what if he was fired or bad news and it caused a break down of some sort.
Hoping to find~
I keep wondering if maybe he did exit to get gas or whatever and someone he didn't know approached him asking for a ride. I wonder if he's the kind of guy who would give a ride to a stranger. And that type of encounter wouldn't necessarily look out of the ordinary to any witnesses or passersby. Maybe someone saying their car broke down and they needed a ride back to their car or something. Only the person had ill intentions once they got Nicholas in his car.
http://www.lakecountyjournals.com/20...a-man/aqox2qh/Police continued to search Monday for a missing 33-year-old man from Lake Villa. "We wish we had good news, but we're still looking for him," said Lt. Dennis Geraty of the Lake Villa Police Department.
A couple of thoughts:
First, I'm always a little leery when the first thing I read on a Facebook Missing page is "No negative comments please". That raises a HUGE red flag for me that there is a LOT more to the story than is being shared.
For example, if my husband didn't come home from work tonight and was missing with his car, I'm pretty sure I could spin him to be Santa Claus and the Pope combined. Not necessarily who he really is, but you out there in the cyber world really only know what I tell you at first, right? (BTW- he IS white haired and pot-bellied, so Santa is not too far off!)
And, whenever someone posits that the MP doesn't seem like the type to walk away from their life- usually the MP has walked away from their life.
Not saying this is the case here, but just my opinion.
Six-year-old Shannon Sherrill disappeared from her front yard in Thorntown, Indiana in October, 1986. Someone knows where she is......