Status Update on Missing Person John Beringer:
We are still actively looking for John Beringer. What follows is a case summary and status update.
On March 18, 2018 at approximately 8:30 a.m., a family member reported seeing Mr. Beringer leave his home by bicycle, having advised he was heading to a local convenience store.
Shortly before noon that same day, a family member reports receiving a text from Mr. Beringer that contained suicidal comments.
On March 19, 2018, Mr. Beringer's cell phone is used last.
On March 20, 2018, Mr. Beringer is reported missing by family. They indicate that they did not report him missing sooner as he had left before under similar circumstances and had always returned.
Mr. Beringer is not known to have any credit cards on his person and has not been to work. The Park Forest Police Department has conducted limited searches on foot, however, cell tower information cannot narrow down Mr. Beringer's last cell phone location beyond an area of over 12 square miles, and it is possible that he moved after the last cell phone activity. Due to this, the Park Forest Police Department has obtained the assistance of the Cook County Sheriff's Police and the DEA to conduct two separate searches by helicopter. The Park Forest Police Department continues to use other investigative means to determine Mr. Beringer's location.
Mr. Beringer is described as a white male, 51 years of age, 5'08" tall, 140 lbs., with a shaved head. He has a small cross tattoo on his left arm and his left thumb is slightly deformed and scarred due to a previous work injury. It is unknown what clothing he is currently wearing.
It has been reported by family members that Beringer may be suicidal, if you come into contact with Beringer please do not approach him, but immediately call 911. If you have any information about the whereabouts of John Beringer, please call the Park Forest Police Department Investigations Unit at (708) 748-1309. Please help by sharing this information.