'We hit everything we could': Waukegan police end search for missing sailor

Seamus Gray Photo credit Waukegan Police Department

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Police in Waukegan say they've now formally ended their search for a sailor from Naval Station Great Lakes, who's been missing for nearly a week.

"We hit everything we could," said police commander Scott Chastain, who told reporters that the search for 21-year-old Seamus Gray took authorities from downtown Waukegan all the way to the naval base in North Chicago.

"We had drones in the air, we had K-9 (police dogs) out, we had a boat in the water. We've searched every area we can search at this time."

Gray was last seen outside a bar in downtown Waukegan last Saturday, and Chastain said the decision to end the search after three days was a difficult one.

"Everyone is a little downhearted that we weren't able to find him and put some kind of closure to this," Chastain said, adding that the department is not going to stop looking into the case.

"Our investigation is definitely going to continue, and if we develop any other leads, we definitely will be coming back out if that's where our leads take us."

Gray was last seen around 1:30 a.m. on March 18 as he left the Ibiza Night Club.

Anyone with information has been asked to submit tips to the Waukegan Police Department tip line at 847-360-9001, or by texting the keyword WPDTIP and their message to 847411. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted here.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Waukegan Police Department