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Body found in forest preserve ID'd as missing Gurnee man

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WAUKEGAN, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

DNA analysis and forensic dentistry have confirmed that man found dead in a north suburban forest preserve last week was Andy Adler, who was reported missing after a June 8 bicycle ride, the News-Sun is reporting.

Adler’s body was found June 18 in the Lake Carina Forest Preserve at Milwaukee Avenue and I-94 near Gurnee, but Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd said significant exposure to the elements for more than 10 days made the identification process difficult.

DNA from Adler’s son was used to help confirm the identity, officials said.

Adler, who was 57, died from a single gunshot wound to head, Rudd said. The manner of death remains under investigation by the Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger Police.

Police and search groups began searching for Adler on June 8, after he went for a bike ride that morning and never returned.

Twenty-one groups totaling about 140 people covered a 12-mile radius to search for Adler and his blue Cannondale bike. Volunteers with dogs and a helicopter also searched along the Des Plaines River Trail, a route Adler frequented.

Lake County Forest Preserve spokeswoman Susan Hawkins said Adler was found “behind Lake Carina near the bordering I-94 area. He was found leaning against a tree, police said.

“We’re both grateful for all of the support,” said Adler’s 19-year-old son, Nick, who was also speaking for his mom, Kay Adler.

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