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Missing Grayslake man found dead at Campbell Airport

Round Lake Park Police investigate an areCampbell Airport fatal scene where they found missing person. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media

Round Lake Park Police investigate an area at Campbell Airport and the fatal scene where they found a missing person. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 24, 2013 6:23AM

ROUND LAKE PARK — The body of a missing Grayslake man was found Tuesday morning at Campbell Airport.

Joey Frase, 20, was found dead near an entrance road to the airport after police and fire personnel from the area were searching the airport grounds around 10:35 a.m. in a tree line, said Grayslake Police Chief Phil Perlini.

“The body and clothing matched the description of our missing person, Joseph Frase,” he said.

Lake County Coroner Dr. Thomas Rudd said there were no external signs of trauma on the body that would suggest foul play. An autopsy is scheduled for today, Jan. 23. Toxicology tests will take several weeks.

Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko said he called in evidence technicians with the Lake County Major Crime Task Force to gather evidence at the scene as a precaution. Filenko is commander of the task force and is waiting for the cause of death.

Filenko said there are a few different story lines about Frase as to whether or not he made it to the party and then walked away, or he called friends at the party to say he was lost and didn’t know where he was to get to the party Saturday night.

Friends say Frase was walking home from a party in nearby Round Lake, but never made it home. Grayslake police said Frase was last seen at approximately 1:15 a.m., Sunday, on foot in a residential area near Townline and Cedar Lake roads in Round Lake.

Frase’s family posted on Facebook:

“Sadly I must announce that Joey’s body has been recovered. My family is devastated and asks that at this time you please respect our privacy while we deal with our loss. You cannot imagine how much we have appreciated the support from all of you in our efforts to find him. The outpouring of compassion from friends, and the community has really touched us.”

Later the family posted again:

“All we know right now is that he is deceased and was located near Campbell Airport. Thank you all for your prayers and support. We really appreciate all of your efforts. We will keep you posted.”

Frase liked skateboarding and fishing.

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