Autopsy confirms identity of missing Lake Villa man

60-year-old hunter had gone missing while hunting near Fourth Lake

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LAKE VILLA – A body recovered Nov. 4 from a lake has been positively identified as a missing hunter from Lake Villa.

Patrick R. Serzynski, 60, was last seen the morning of Oct. 29 while hunting near Fourth Lake.

Lake County Sheriff’s deputies and Lake Villa firefighters recovered the body of a male about 10 a.m. Nov. 4 after days of extensively searching the lake and nearby marshes. Based on the man’s clothing and general description, authorities believed the body was Serzynski.

An autopsy conducted Nov. 6 by the Lake County Coroner’s Office confirmed it was Serzynski. Preliminary autopsy results indicate Serzynski’s death is consistent with drowning.

Previous searches had resulted in the recovery of some of his personal property near a duck blind at the lake. Deputies said foul play is not suspected.

Steve Zalusky - Daily Herald Media Group

Steve Zalusky is a reporter for the Daily Herald