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Nick Steward was driving white 2008 Saturn Aurwith license plate 563-7543. . | Submitted photo

Nick Steward was driving a white 2008 Saturn Aura with the license plate 563-7543. . | Submitted photo

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Updated: November 27, 2013 4:30AM



While Nicholas “Nick” Steward’s family and friends work to keep the missing Lake Villa man’s profile on social media constantly updated, police are calling in more resources to try and help solve the seven-day mystery that began Friday Sept. 20 when he left work.

Lake Villa Police Chief Ron Roth announced just before the weekend that his department has called in the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office who will now head the effort to find Steward, originally from Vernon Hills, along with detectives from several other police jurisdictions in Lake County that were not named.

Roth said in an email that after their initial investigation they consulted with the state’s attorney and now “after consultation with law enforcement officials, detectives from a number of Lake County police departments were brought together to assist in the investigation under the direction of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.“

“The investigation is ongoing,” he said.

The married 33-year-old father with a young son was last seen driving a white 2008 Saturn Aura with the license plate 563-7543. The Illinois Tollway Authority told police the vehicle did go through the northbound Touhy Avenue Toll Plaza northbound on I-294 at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, and he also had a telephone conversation with his employer at about the same time.

Then about five hours later, at 10:28 p.m., his cellphone signal was tracked to the area of the 2700 block of South River Road near Des Plaines. Then the phone was turned off. So far there is no evidence of foul play.

His wife, Meagan, recently reminded news media of his Facebook page, Find Nick Steward, saying “he was a kind, wonderful man who is beloved by everyone who knows him. I desperately want to do anything I can to promote awareness about Nick’s disappearance,” she wrote in an email.

“We are intent on finding Nick and refuse to abandon hope that he can be found and returned to us safely,” she said. He is employed as a mechanic and was wearing a black MC Machinery Systems Inc. T-shirt on the day he disappeared. The machine technology company is based in Wood Dale. He also was wearing jeans and red and grey Asics running shoes.

He is 5-feet 10-inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds and he has brown hair and eyes. Childhood friend Kristin Vole, 30, of Vernon Hills said they went to Sunday school together at St. Mary of Vernon in Vernon Hills. She and other friends took the advice of a police officer, who is a friend of Steward’s, and checked all the exits looking for his car in parking lots starting at his place of employment in Wood Dale.

“We just want to keep it up on social media and the news outlets in case someone saw something,” she said. They have also started putting posters in various places, including where she works at Ernie’s Shell Gas Station on Route 21 near Lincolnshire.

On Facebook, people have been posting words of encouragement and suggestions, such as why don’t police activate the car’s OnStar system. The latest post from the site administrator informs site visitors that “OnStar has confirmed that the OnStar system in his car is not able to be remotely located based on the age/type of system it is & that it was never updated. ONSTAR CANNOT TRACK HIS SATURN,” the Friday, Sept. 27, post reads.

Police are asking anyone with information about Steward or his Saturn to call their office at (847) 356-6106.



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