Remains found in state park ID’d as missing Grant Park man

November 15, 2018

A body found in Kankakee State River Park over the weekend has been identified as that of Dan Jarski. The 62-year-old Jarski, of Grant Park, went missing Sept. 9.

His family released the news on Tuesday night via the Find Dan Jarski page on Facebook.

“The family got final confirmation from the Will County Coroner’s office. The body that was found the day of the search was Dan. As a family, we are empty. This has been such a long road for us, and for all of you that have followed it with us. So many of you searched tirelessly, shared this page, hung flyers, prayed with us that Dan would come home. We can’t say thank you enough. All we can say is that we are all blessed to have people like all of you in our lives.”

The remains were discovered on Saturday during a search by Jarski’s family and volunteers. It started at about 8 a.m.

The staging area was the parking area west of Warner Bridge Road, south of Illinois Route 102 on the north side of the river.

Illinois State Police Investigations is part of the investigation as well as the coroner’s office.

Jarski is married and has three adult sons.

On the morning of Sept. 9, Jarski left his home outside of Grant Park. He left without a phone and his wallet, which was not uncommon.

Video cameras recorded his red Chevy Express van heading west on Manteno Road near Interstate 57. The van was discovered on Sept. 11, parked in Hunting Area 6 of Kankakee River State Park, which is located on the south side of the river and west of Warner Bridge.

Extensive searches of the area by police, professional and volunteer searchers, tracking and cadaver dogs and drones have yielded no signs of Jarski.

According to the family, his disappearance in no way fit with his life or the person many people know and love. He loved music and was passionate about digging for and collecting antique bottles, including at the state park.

Jarski was a retired teacher. He taught science at Andrew High School in Tinley Park.

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