Cops: Body found in woods may be missing Waukegan officer

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After locating a body in the northern suburbs Thursday morning, police are tentatively identifying it as the body of a missing Waukegan police officer.

Peter Michaels, 44, was last seen Tuesday around 9:30 p.m. at his home in Antioch. A search began Wednesday morning by Antioch police, volunteers and other assisting agencies.

At 9:15 a.m. Thursday,  a body was located in the woods north of North and Trevor avenues in Antioch. Antioch police have since turned the case over to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department for further investigation.

Antioch police would not speculate as to the manner of death, but said Michaels had left his car and belongings behind at his house.

No other information was available.

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  • Robert Bjork

    It must have been discovered way before 9:15 Thursday Morning. I live a few blocks from the site and there was a helicopter circling over the area fir over an hour last night about 7-8pm.

  • Nita

    I believe in tracking device. For young people, government workers and elderly. they have tracking devices for those on house arrest, why not Big Brother us these devices for the ones who really need them. My heart go's out the the Officer and His Family.

    • Patty

      Cant track if he of good health and well being. No reason. But I agree, children and elderly need to have something where is we cannot find them big brother can and will!!!

  • guest

    Well lots of old residents of Waukegan now live here in Portland, OR. Lots of ex-Navy personel, and Fort Sheridan people. I'd try to get the obit in a major paper.

  • On the job

    Our hearts go out to your family and fellow officers. You were a good man and your are missed everyday. Your in heaven with a few other brothers who passed this year and I hope you all have found peace. I pray the department will do better for officers. One death is to much but multiable deaths is a more than we can take. Rest in peace. Sr.