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Aidan Beckford, missing Huntley man, found dead in Nunda Township

After more than a week of searching, the body of 18-year-old missing Huntley man Aidan Beckford was found by a volunteer's dog on Saturday afternoon in Nunda Township.

Beckford was last seen when he exited a vehicle, without shoes, about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 30. Since then, his family, law enforcement and volunteers had tirelessly searched the area around Nish Road and Highview where he had exited the vehicle and was last seen.

Beckford reportedly was wearing shorts and t-shirt and had no shoes, money or cell phone on him when he went missing.

Saturday afternoon, that area was where Beckford's body was found, according to a joint news release from the McHenry County Sheriff's Office and the McHenry County Coroner. No further details on the discovery and its exact location were released on Saturday evening.

"Unfortunately the outcome was not one that we wanted," Aidan's stepmother, Jackie Schmult Beckford, posted to a Facebook event page for Saturday's search. "Aidan was found deceased by one of the volunteers who came out today with his dog. We have no further information at this time. We would like to request continued prayers for the family, friends, first responders who helped and the man who found him."

Beckford's family and volunteers had been searching the surrounding area starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, stationed out of the parking lot of nearby Kief's Reef.

When the body was found about 1:30 p.m., the McHenry County Coroner's Office, McHenry County Sheriff's Office and Nunda Rural Fire Protection District were sent to the area to recover the body, which later was identified as Beckford.

An autopsy is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday. The Sheriff's Office and Coroner's Office are calling it an open investigation.

During Saturday's search, volunteers worked to check locations that had not previously been checked by law enforcement and several volunteers brought drones to search the area by air. Searchers put green ribbons around the area to remind people to keep searching. Green is the color of missing children and mental health.

Searchers combed many fields in the areas between Nish Road, Route 176, Barreville Road and Wright Road, in the general area where Beckford was last seen.

On Wednesday, law enforcement agencies and nearly 60 people searched the area for Beckford, including the adjacent Fox River.

Agencies assisting in Wednesday's search, which turned up no new leads, included McHenry County Emergency Management Agency, MABAS Divisions 4 and 5 SONAR Teams, Illinois Search and Rescue, North Aurora Police Department, New Lenox Search and Rescue, Palatine Search and Rescue, Kendall County Search and Rescue, Maine Township Search and Rescue, Boone County Search and Rescue, Illinois-Wisconsin Search and Rescue Dogs and Police K-9s from Bannockburn, Buffalo Grove, Wauconda, Mundelein, Carpentersville, Hanover Park, Gurnee and the Prairie Grove police departments.

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