Forest Park police have joined the search for a 39-year-old Oak Park man who was last seen around 10 a.m., Wednesday morning, near Cermak Road and Desplaines Avenue, in Forest Park.
Deputy Chief Tom Aftanas told the Forest Park Review that officers began a “walk-through” of Woodlawn cemetery Thursday afternoon to search for Jassen Strokosch. He did not say how long it would last, but noted the search began after Oak Park police sent out a bulletin asking area police departments and the public to be on the lookout for Strokosch.
“We’re hoping that the press coverage will yield some calls and some tips,” Aftanas said.
Strokosch, who lives on the 1150 block of S. East Blvd., in Oak Park, is 6-foot-1 and 145 pounds with long brown hair and hazel colored eyes. He was last seen wearing a plaid button-up shirt, a T-shirt, and either blue jeans or khakis. He is believed to be on foot.
Strokosch’s family hasn’t seen him since Tuesday morning, Oak Park police said.
“According to the family, this is unusual for him,” Oak Park Police Commander LaDon Reynolds told Wednesday Journal, Forest Park Review’s sister paper. “He’s never been reported missing before.”
Strokosch gained public attention earlier this year for leading a campaign to support an education referendum in Oak Park that passed in April.
The public is advised to either contact the Forest Park Police Department at 708-366-2543 or the Oak Park Police Department at 708-386-3800 with any information.
Megan Dooley contributed to this article.