Police are searching for a 20-year-old Hebron man who was reported missing Saturday.
Heather Lorenz grew concerned for her son, John Bicek, when he didn’t respond to her calls or text messages on Friday and never showed up for a family birthday party the following day, she said. Lorenz later learned Bicek also hadn’t shown up for his shift at work Friday.
“If anybody sees him contact the police,” Lorenz said. “Let me know. I want my son to come home.”
Bicek was last seen July 30 leaving his job at Love’s Travel Stop in Hampshire, according to police and co-workers.
Fellow employees confirmed Monday that nothing seemed out of the ordinary when Bicek, who they described as “a good kid,” left work after finishing his shift Tuesday morning.
Lorenz described her son as a happy and smart person – a chess player and honors student who prefers to be alone or with a small group of close friends. Bicek lives by himself at his Hebron home, but spends time cooking and visiting with his family every Saturday. Lorenz last saw her son on July 27, at the previous “family day,” she said.
“He wasn’t depressed. He wasn’t upset about anything. He came over, he did laundry,” Lorenz said. “He made macaroni-and-cheese-stuffed meatloaf for dinner. It turned out awesome and he was fine.”
Bicek never mentioned having plans to meet anyone in McHenry the following week, so Lorenz and her husband were surprised when a cellphone GPS app led them to Fort McHenry Park, where Bicek’s Red GMC had been backed into a parking spot, she said.
“It is parked perfectly in a parking lot and it doesn’t look like my son parked that car,” Lorenz said.
The doors of the vehicle were locked, which is unlike Bicek, she said. A receipt from a McHenry Burger King with a time stamp of about 8 a.m. Friday was found inside the SUV. His phone, keys and wallet were not in the vehicle, she said.
Police are working on obtaining video footage from the Burger King, she said.
“I just want to know if it’s my son [driving] in the car or if it’s somebody else,” Lorenz said.
Lorenz also noticed seemingly new scrape marks and white paint on the rear driver’s side corner panel of the red SUV.
A family member contacted the Hebron Police Department on Saturday to perform a well-being check at Bicek’s home on Bigelow Avenue, Hebron Police Chief Rich Donlea said. Bicek was not home when police arrived, Donlea said.
Another family member who lives nearby recalled seeing Bicek’s SUV outside the home Thursday, Lorenz said, although it is unclear whether the vehicle was still there Friday morning.
“It just doesn’t make sense,” Lorenz said. “Not one scenario I’ve come up with makes sense.”
Bicek was last seen wearing a blue shirt, black utility pants and prescription glasses. He is 5 foot-8, about 200 pounds and could have facial hair. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the McHenry Police Department at 815-363-2200.
Anonymous tips can be reported to the police by calling 815-363-2124.
“He’s my son. He’s my baby boy,” Lorenz said. “But he’s only 20. He’s never hurt anybody.”