Construction crews at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital came across an unusual discovery when they were draining a pond this week: a long-lost hospital public safety vehicle, officials said Thursday.
The vehicle had been missing for almost 20 years, until crews came upon it Wednesday morning at the bottom of the 13-foot pond in front of the hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Erin Abbey.
The vehicle was empty. Officials didn't go into more detail about its condition or how the car came to be missing in the first place.
Lake County Sheriff's department officials, who are working with hospital officials to investigate the discovery, didn't respond to a request for comment.
The 35-year-old Lake Barrington-area hospital is undergoing a $247 million facelift that includes a new main entrance, four-story addition and road improvements. Ongoing construction required the pond to be drained, officials said.
The discovery won't delay construction, Abbey said.