Body found in state park west of Warner Bridge Road on Saturday

November 13, 2018

Officials are not commenting on whether or not a body found Saturday in Kankakee River State Park is that of Dan Jarski, of Grant Park, who has been missing since Sept. 9.

According to media reports, the body was located Saturday in an area west of Warner Bridge Road.

Jarski’s family searched the area west of the bridge starting around 8 a.m. on Saturday, looking for the 62-year-old retired teacher.

His family made a statement on the Find Dan Jarski page on Facebook on Sunday.

“We are aware of the news and rumors that have reached many of you by now regarding Dan, and we wish for you to respectfully keep them from spreading until we have confirmation. We all know this was not the news we were hoping for, and we want to thank everyone for their support and help — but the family needs time to process this. We will update this page as needed. Thank you.”

On the morning of Sept. 9, Jarski left his home outside of Grant Park. He left without a phone and his wallet, which was not uncommon.

Video cameras recorded his red Chevy Express van heading west on Manteno Road near Interstate 57. The van was discovered on Sept. 11, parked in Hunting Area 6 of Kankakee River State Park.

Extensive searches of the area by police, professional and volunteer searchers, tracking and cadaver dogs and drones have yielded no signs of Jarski.

According to the family, his disappearance in no way fits with his life or the person many people know and love. Jarski is married and has three adult sons who he’s very close to. He loves music and is passionate about digging for and collecting antique bottles. He frequented many shows where he bought and sold these items.

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