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Search to Resume For Missing Boater in Lemont

The 25-year-old man went missing when his canoe tipped over early Tuesday



    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011)

    The DuPage County Sheriff's office on Tuesday afternoon suspended a search for a Bolingbrook man missing since his canoe capsized in a retention pond in unincorporated Lemont in the early morning hours.

    Officials plan to resume the search at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

    The man, Jeremy Asbell, was one of two who fell in the water around 2 a.m., Lemont Fire officials said, but only one went back to shore. The search was temporarily suspended and resumed at 8 a.m. when there was more daylight.

    Asbell, a father of 6-year-old and 21-month-old sons, disappeared after the canoe he was in with his friend tipped over near Woodward Avenue and Frontage Road, according to police. The two had been at a gathering with Asbell's girlfriend and others. His friend said they both went overboard and Asbell resurfaced but then wasn't seen again.

    "We've been searching the area for several hours," said Sgt. Jim Williams with DuPage County Sheriff's Department. "At this point we're unsure if he made it to shore and was just too afraid to come to us because of all the fire personnel and police personnel that were out here. We're hoping now ... maybe he will come out of the wooded area."

    "I'm never going to lose the faith," said Asbell's mother, Linda. "I don't have a clue right now, don't have a clue."

    The DuPage County Sheriff's Department says the retention pond is about 10 feet deep and Asbell is apparently a good swimmer.

    Chicago Police were helping out in the search.

    Jeremy Asbell