Police: friends saw man following boy who may have gone missing

PORT BARRINGTON – Two kids told authorities they saw a man following their friend on a bike path just before the boy disappeared and didn't return.

But police say nobody in the area – parents or otherwise – has come forward to report a missing boy who matches the description, according to a news release from the McHenry County Sheriff's Office. He is described as blond-haired, 4-foot, 6-inches and 80 pounds.

The friends who saw him knew him as Kyle, the release said. He was riding a yellow bike. A Nixle alert on Wednesday said he was about 10 years old.

"At this point, we can't confirm if anyone is missing," Lt. James Popovits said. "We're asking the community for any help on the identity of this child."

The two juveniles were riding their bikes in the area of Fox Trail Park off of Willow Street in Port Barrington when they saw Kyle, the release said.

A man followed him, and the two lost sight of Kyle, who didn't return to the park. The two friends never saw the man take Kyle, the release said.

Police conducted an extensive search of the area Wednesday, involving several area agencies. The McHenry County Emergency Management Agency Search Team, Island Lake Police Department, Lake County Sheriff's Office, McHenry County Conservation Police, K9 units from the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, McHenry Police Department, and Carpentersville Police Department assisted with the search.

The Sheriff's Office also worked with area school officials and the Village of Port Barrington, the release said.

Police put out a reverse 911 call and alerts through social media and Nixle. Neighborhood canvasses were also conducted.

"During the course of the investigation there was no evidence of abduction and the yellow bike was not located," the release said.

Anyone with information about Kyle or the incident are urged to call the McHenry County Sheriff's Office at 815-338-2144.

–Shawn Shinneman

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