Missing Men Last Seen Leaving River North Nightclub: Police

Sun-Times Media Wire
November 19, 2019 - 7:00 am
Joseph Ramos (left) and Antonio Lemon

Chicago police


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A missing person search Tuesday led police to a vehicle found submerged in Lake Michigan at DuSable Harbor.

At about 3:15 a.m., Area North detectives investigating a missing person tracked a cell phone ping to the 100 block of North Lake Shore Drive, according to preliminary information from Chicago police. Camera footage in the area showed a vehicle driving into Lake Michigan.

At DuSable Harbor, family members of Joseph Ramos waited anxiously as the Chicago Police Department’s Marine Unit initiated a recovery mission. Ramos, 22, disappeared Sunday with Antonio Lemon, 21, after the pair left a River North nightclub.

“I don’t want it to be them,” Ramos’ aunt and godmother, Elizabeth Bautista, said tearfully. “But we want to know where they are, we’re worried sick. There’s a knot in our throat, it feels like it’s choking us.”

“There’s a lot of people who love [Joey] and are missing him,” Bautista continued. “He has a heart of gold.”

It is unknown how many people were in the water or if they were able to make it back to shore safely, police said. Police could not confirm that the vehicle in the water was connected to Ramos’ and Lemon’s case.

Police said Lemon was seen in a 2008 dark blue four-door Dodge with Illinois license plates AQ54397.

Lake Shore Drive remains open, but northbound exit ramps at Randolph Street are closed, as is the lakefront bike path.

Anyone with information should call Area North detectives at 312-744-8266.

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