Search underway for missing hunter on Fourth Lake in Lake Villa Township

Pat Serzynski was hunting on Fourth Lake when he disappeared on Monday morning, sheriff's deputies said.

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Authorities in north suburban Lake County were searching for a missing hunter who was last seen on Fourth Lake in unincorporated Lake Villa Township Monday, according to sheriff's deputies.

Pat Serzynski, 60, was hunting on Fourth Lake when he disappeared, according to Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli with the Lake County Sheriff's Office. His last known communication with someone was around 10 a.m.

At 1:30 p.m., police were called.

Deputies were able to locate Serzynski's boat and personal items at his duck bind. Law enforcement personnel have focused on searching the lake itself and the marshy area nearby.

"I believe the last person to speak with him was about 10:20 this morning on his cell phone," Doug Slazes, chief of the Lake Villa Fire Department said. "So the Lake County Police tried pinging the phone for us...and did not give us a good area to search."

Grace Zuba, a neighbor and friend of Serzynski's, said he had just retired and was ready to move out of state.

"“It’s sad that something tragic like this had to happen, specially around the holidays," she said.

The search, which is now in recovery mode, is expected to resume early Tuesday.

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