Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Do You Recognize This Injured Man? (Update: He Has Been Identified)

Since this incident occurred in Edgewater, it's possible this gentleman is from Uptown. Please call 911 or the North Area Detectives if you recognize him (312-744-8266).

Chicago PD's Special Victims Unit sent out this information today: "On 08/09/2015, above unidentified found person was observed by witnesses having trouble walking while in the vicinity of 1223 W. Granville Ave. 

Subject was seen stumbling and then falling striking his head on the pavement. Subject is now unconscious with serious injuries at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, Illinois. 

Subject was wearing grey sweat pants, shirt and grey gym shoes. Subject has no identification.

Authorities now seek to identify this person in order to contact any available next of kin. Anyone recognizing this person or having any additional information related to this investigation please contact Area North Detective Division at 312-744-8266."

He is described as a white male, 50-60 years old, grey/brown hair, blue eyes, 5'10", 170 lbs., and having no identifying marks or tattoos.

UPDATE:  The CPD sent out an announcement at 11:40pm on August 25 saying that the gentleman has been identified.  They gave no further information. We're glad he's no longer a "John Doe" and that his family is now aware of what his situation is.

UPDATE:  Sadly, there is no fairytale happy ending to this story. The man was identified by friends as Michael Reiniger, a recently retired teacher. He never regained consciousness and his family made the difficult decision to release him into the next stage of life.  Read about it at Edgeville Buzz. If there is one saving grace, it is that he died surrounded by loving family and friends, and not as a John Doe. Rest in peace, Mr. Reiniger.

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