Antioch man who left scene of crash on tollway Saturday still missing

  • Thomas Howe III

    Thomas Howe III

Updated 1/24/2022 7:50 PM

Authorities are seeking information on a 24-year-old Antioch man last seen Saturday morning in the area of Interstate 94 and Route 176 near Libertyville after walking away from a crash scene.

An extensive search Monday of the Old School Forest Preserve near Libertyville turned up the work cellphone of Thomas "Tommy" Howe III, but nothing else was found and Howe still is missing, police said.


Residents near the preserve also were asked to check home security footage from the weekend for anything unusual.

Police say Howe stands 5 foot, 8 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds and has brown hair and eyes.

"According to his family, it is completely out of character for Tommy to go this long without contacting them," said Antioch Police Chief Geoffrey Guttschow. "We are working closely with the family to help find our missing resident."

Howe was last seen wearing a gray North Face jacket and jeans. Authorities said Howe had an appointment Saturday morning in Vernon Hills. After the appointment, he was involved in a crash about 11 a.m. with another vehicle on the tollway near Route 176, police said.

According to Antioch police, witnesses reported seeing Howe walking away near mile marker 16.75. There have been no confirmed sightings.

Authorities using dogs and drones searched for two days in the area of I-94 and Route 176, Lake County Deputy Chief Chris Covelli said.

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The search Monday included Libertyville police and fire departments, Lake County Forest Preserve police, Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group and the Wauconda Fire Department.

Monday's search also included 77 volunteers, five dogs from Illinois Wisconsin Search and Rescue Dogs from McHenry County and several drones.

Guttschow asked anyone who may have seen Howe over the past few days to call the department's dispatch center at (847) 270-9111.

Covelli said there was a reported sighting Saturday of Howe about 4:45 p.m. near Cumberland Court and Hanover Lane in Vernon Hills.

Anyone with information also can call 911 or Antioch police at (847) 395-8585. Updates will be posted on the Antioch police Facebook page.

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