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Oak Lawn man missing; car found in forest preserve

Algimantas Bauz/ phofrom Oak Lawn police

Algimantas Bauza / photo from Oak Lawn police

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Updated: August 4, 2013 6:29AM



Police continued to search Wednesday for a missing Oak Lawn man whose car was found Saturday in a forest preserve near 95th Street and LaGrange Road.

Algimantas Bauza, 58, of the 9500 block of Mansfield Ave., left his home about 7 a.m. Saturday to go for a walk, but he never returned, relatives told police.

Bauza often went to the Country Lane Woods Forest Preserve to work out and is familiar with the woods there, according to Oak Lawn police. They said he spoke to his wife about 8 a.m. and said he was still out walking, but his wife could not reach him at 10 a.m. and relatives have not been able to reach him since.

Police were using canine units and all-terrain vehicles Wednesday to search the forest preserve, police said.

After Bauza’s daughter-in-law found his car at the forest preserve about 3 p.m., she and his son, Giedrius Bauza, searched for Bauza and then notified authorities, police said.

Cook County Forest Preserve District police searched the woods until nightfall, and they and canine units from Cook County sheriff’s police and Joliet police resumed the search on Sunday, authorities said. They said firefighters searched a pond in the forest preserve on Sunday after a cadaver dog “hit” at the pond area but found nothing.

Bauza recently started taking medicine for depression and was having trouble sleeping, according to police. Anyone with information on the disappearance is asked to call Oak Lawn police at (708) 422-8292.

Bauza is described as white, about 6 feet 2 inches tall with gray hair and balding. He was last seen wearing blue sweat pants, gray gym shoes and a shirt of an unknown color.

Contributing: Bob Rakow;
Sun-Times Media Wire



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