Authorities in Waukegan have terminated their search for missing sailor Seamus Gray nearly a week after he failed to report to his North Chicago naval base.
If credible new information about Gray’s whereabouts emerges, police say they will resume their search.
The news comes after more than 100 sailors joined search crews on Friday.
Surveillance footage reveals Seamus Gray at the water’s edge, directing search teams to the Marina harbor. Friday, they concentrated their efforts near Foss Park in North Chicago.
Waukegan police stated that they will continue the search further south, in the vicinity of the Great Lakes.
Friday night, 21-year-old Seamus Gray was reported missing from the Ibiza bar on North Genessee Street in downtown Waukegan. The police report that Gray and his friends were escorted out of the bar at 1:30 a.m. due to their intoxication.
Minutes later, he was observed walking alone near the intersection of Sheridan Road and Washington Street. Gray was then captured on video walking along Marina Harbor close to the Metra station. According to the detectives, Gray did not arrive at the naval base before his 2 a.m. curfew.
Using sonar technology, search crews have spent the past week searching for Gray by air, water, and lake. The police report that they are no longer able to detect activity on his mobile phone.
Thursday, Waukegan Deputy Chief Brian Mullen explained why authorities concentrated their efforts near the lakefront.
“The land area that we searched today extended all the way up to Greenwood Avenue and all the way down to the southern lakefront border of Waukegan,” said Mullen. “Tomorrow, we will travel a bit further south toward North Chicago. Obviously, the Navy base is in that direction, so we want to cover some ground between here and the Navy base in the event that he attempted to walk in that direction.
The police described Gray as being 6-feet-3-inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a pink/red shirt with long sleeves and pants. Additionally, Gray has numerous tattoos on his left arm and a script tattoo on his ribcage.
Karry Gray stated, “There are three things my son lives for: his family, God, and his country.” He came here to fight for his country, but has since vanished.
If you have any information regarding Gray’s whereabouts, please contact the Waukegan Police Investigations Division at 847-599-2673. In addition to calling 847-360-9001, callers can text WPDTIP and a message to 847411 to provide an anonymous tip.