By Wendy E. Normandy
Special to the Tribune
8:16 AM EDT, April 6, 2013
The body of a missing Crestwood man was found in his car yesterday in Arrowhead Lake in Palos Heights, authorities said.
The body was found this afternoon as a Honda Civic bearing the license plates of the missing man's car was pulled from the lake near 13500 South Harlem Avenue, police said.
The Cook County medical examiner's office confirmed the man as James Sylvester IV, of the 5200 block of 136th Court in Crestwood, and said an autopsy was pending. Cook County sheriff's spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said foul play was not suspected.
Earlier this afternoon police from the Cook County Forest Preserve District blocked off all entrances to Arrowhead Lake as divers from several surrounding suburbs searched the lake, with authorities at the time saying they were looking for the car of a Crestwood man who has been missing since last week.
A missing person alert issued last week sought the public's help in finding James Sylvester, 21, a college student at DeVry University scheduled to graduate this June who police said was distraught over a recent breakup with his girlfriend. He was last seen March 28.
Today, authorities said Crestwood police requested the search because the missing man often had fished at the forest preserve in the 13500 block of South Harlem Avenue. Cell phone records indicated the last calls from him came from the area of Arrowhead Lake, police said.
Dive teams from Orland Park, Palos Heights, New Lenox and Peotone fire departments located a car submerged in the lake about 100 feet from the shore, police said.
Divers arrived at the scene around noon to begin the search, police said. The car was located at 2:27 p.m. and a flatbed tow truck arrived at the forest preserve shortly after 3:30 p.m. to begin the recovery operation.
Tribune reporter Steve Schmadeke contributed.
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