Body found in Maple Lake believed to be missing Oak Lawn man
BY BOB RAKOW Correspondent August 21, 2012 1:34PM
Alpha Sabbithi, 27, suffers from depression and was last seen on Sunday, according to a missing person’s alert issued by Oak Lawn police. / Oak Lawn Police Department.
Updated: September 23, 2012 6:14AM
A body retrieved by authorities Tuesday morning from Maple Lake is believed to be that of a man who went missing Sunday from Oak Lawn, a relative of the man said.
Police had been searching for Alpha Sabbithi, who would have turned 28 Monday, since his car, wallet and cell phone were found early Sunday in a Cook County forest preserve near Maple Lake, 95th Street and Wolf Road in Palos Township.
John Bushi, who said he was Sabbithi’s uncle, said descriptions of the man found in the lake and of his clothing led family to believe it is Sabbithi. Family members expected to be called to the Cook County medical examiner’s office to positively identify the body, Bushi said.
A Cook County spokeswoman said a citizen spotted a body in the lake about 8:40 a.m. and called police.
There were no signs of foul play, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff’s office. An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday, Oak Lawn police said.
Sabbithi suffered from depression, according to a missing persons alert issued by Oak Lawn earlier this week.