The mother of a missing 20-year-old Hebron man is attempting to raise $10,000 for potential medical costs he could incur if he is found.
Reached by phone Tuesday, Heather Lorenz said she's hoping for the best and waiting for her son, John Bicek's safe return. Fearing the man might have been injured during his week-long disappearance, however, Lorenz has started a personal fundraiser on her Facebook page, she said.
Bicek is uninsured and wouldn't be able to afford out-of-pocket medical costs, she said.
"We’re just covering all the bases..." Lorenz said.
Bicek was reported missing Saturday after he missed a weekend shift at work and a planned family gathering.
He was last seen about 8 a.m. July 30 leaving his job at Love's Travel Stop in Hampshire, police said. A family member believes she saw Bicek's red SUV in his driveway Thursday, Lorenz said.
On Saturday, Bicek's parents used a cellphone GPS app to locate his phone. The app led them to a subdivision near Fort McHenry Park, where they spotted Bicek's vehicle in the parking lot. Lorenz now believes her son might have been at the park Friday to play Pokémon Go, she said.
McHenry police have used K-9s and assistance from outside agencies to help search for Bicek, but his whereabouts remained unknown Tuesday evening.
The McHenry County Sheriff's Office has since taken over the investigation, according to the McHenry Police Department and Lorenz. Anyone with information should contact the sheriff's office at 815-338-2144 or by email at TipLine@mchenrycountyil.gov.