WAUKEGAN, Ill. — The Waukegan Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a 21-year-old man who is an active Navy member stationed at Great Lakes Naval Base.

Police said Seamus Gray left the Ibiza Bar on North Genesee Street by himself around 1:35 a.m. on March 18 and was last seen on camera in the area of Sheridan Road and Washington Street.

Surveillance video captured him leaving the bar, as well as walking along the lakefront. Detectives said Gray did not report to the naval base before his 2 a.m. curfew.

“I would like everybody’s help to find my son. I’m here. I’m going through dumpsters looking for my son,” said Karry Gray, who traveled from Florida after the Navy notified her about her son’s disappearance. “That’s my boy. That’s my son’s role model. He’s never, ever going to leave me or his family. So anybody who can help, please come forward. I really appreciate it.”

Representatives with Ibiza Bar said Gray was escorted out of their business because he was inebriated. However, Ibiza Bar manager Adrian Hernandez noted that the service member was escorted from the premises with his friends.

Waukegan Deputy Chief Brian Mullen spoke Thursday on why authorities focused their attention near the lakefront.

“The video released last night showed Seamus leaving the bar. After he left the bar, he proceeded to the intersection a little east of the bar at Washington Street and Sheridan (Road),” Mullen said. “Overnight, we received some more video from some of the businesses at the marinas that showed Seamus right on the water’s edge. So we focused our efforts on searching the water today.”

Mullen added that crews also searched along the water on Wednesday.

Despite search efforts being called for the day, Mullen would not call the endeavor a recovery mission. Instead, he said authorities would reconvene on Friday morning.

“The area on land that we searched today was extended all the way up to Greenwood Avenue and all the way down to the southern border of Waukegan on the lakefront,” Mullen said. “Tomorrow, we’re going to move a little bit more south toward North Chicago. Obviously, the Navy base is in that direction, so we want to try to cover some ground between here and the Navy base in case he tried to head in that direction on foot.” 

Police described Gray as 6-foot-3-inches, weighing around 170 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a light pink/red long-sleeve shirt and pants. Gray also has multiple tattoos on his left arm and a script tattoo on his ribcage.

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Lake County is assisting Waukegan police with search efforts. Mullens added that the Navy would also help with search efforts on Friday.

“There are three things my son lives for: he lives for his family, he lives for God, and he lives for his country,” Karry Gray said. “He came here to fight for his country and now he is missing.”

Anyone with information on Gray’s whereabouts is asked to call Waukegan Police Investigations Division at 847-599-2673. Callers can also leave an anonymous tip by calling 847-360-9001, texting WPDTIP and a message to 847411, or clicking here or here.