Beckford was last seen about 10 p.m. Friday in the area near Burton’s Ridge. He was reported missing Friday when, after an argument with his family, he walked off toward a marshy area without shoes on, McHenry County Sheriff’s deputy Sandra Rogers said.
Deputies used police dogs and drones to search the area where Beckford was reportedly last seen, Rogers said.
Beckford is described as being 5-feet, 8-inches tall and about 160 pounds. He has brown, wavy hair and was last seen wearing beige shorts and a blue shirt.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Beckford’s disappearance, and is encouraging residents and businesses in the area near where Beckford was last seen to review any security footage from that night.
Neighbors and relatives searched marshes and nearby wooded areas on ATVs during an unofficial search party Monday morning. People close to the teenager have said they’re concerned about Beckford’s safety and well-being because of his mental state.
One couple used their pet Labradoodle dog, which has scent-tracking experience, to search for Beckford in the Highview Estates neighborhood. The dog didn’t lead the search party to Beckford, but the family is asking that residents in that area keep a lookout for the young man at night, when he might be in search of shelter.
While Beckford’s family searched near the last place the young man was seen, others used their boats to scan the river and nearby shores.
Anyone with information about Beckford or anyone who has seen him since he disappeared should call the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office at 815-338-2144.