Person found dead in Crystal Lake identified as missing 18-year-old

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Adrian Salazar

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill. — A dead body found in Canterbury Park in Crystal Lake Monday afternoon has been identified as an 18-year-old who had been reported missing last week, the McHenry County coroner’s office announced Tuesday morning.

Coroner Anne Majewski identified the person as Adrian Salazar of Crystal Lake, according to a news release.

An autopsy will be conducted later Tuesday, according to the release.

Authorities were dispatched to the park, which is adjacent to Canterbury Elementary School, about 4:15 p.m. in response to a report of “a subject reported to be on the ground, with a firearm observed nearby,” police said in a news release.

Police said there was “no indication of concern for public safety” and that no students at Canterbury were injured.

Police had said Salazar, a student at Crystal Lake Central High School, voluntarily left his home the evening of March 1 and was “despondent.”

–Story by Chicago Tribune reporter Amanda Marrazzo

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5 comments

  • Amanda

    Rest in peace young man. How very sad your last hours, days must have been for you. We will never know
    what your last thoughts were to make you do something like this. This is very sad.

  • Maddie

    It’s sad that he left on March 1st, in a depressed state, and no one even bothered to say, “hey, where’s my friend/kid/family member?” God bless his soul and I hope he rests in peace

    • Kurt Stealy

      Adrian was a fine young man! he was one of my sons best friends. everyone was looking for Adrian but i do not believe he wanted to be found. I just hope that the Crystal lake police dept. did everything they could to find him. Where Adrian had his last moments is exactly where family and friends told the police to look for him. Im not sure the police even took the time to check the park that was only a few blocks from his home. Im sure if this was one of the sons or daughters of the Crystal lake police dept. that person would have been found immediately. Just Saying. God rest your soul Adrian. You were and always have been a good kid you will be greatly missed!!

  • Suzanne

    No words can adequately express my profound condolences to Adrian’s family. Adriane, you have lost your life because of sadness. How can we as his community not stop in our tracks and take time to (a) honor his presence on this earth (b) wonder how we let this happen. To everyone who knows or shares a life with someone that you know is sad, reach out to them with a smile, a phone call, an invitation to do something…and don’t stop. School District 155, take a a few minutes out of the day to acknowledge the loss of Adrian, a member of your school community. Call all the students together for a few minutes of silent thought to honor his life. Demonstrate to your students that they DO matter.

  • Tashi

    @Maddie CLC did know that Adrian was in a depressed state. We were all looking for him S you know nothing! R.I.P. Adrian … so sad ):