Body found in Belmont Harbor is man who disappeared last weekend in Lake View
BY ART GOLAB AND JAMES SCALZITTI Staff Reporters July 4, 2013 9:42AM
Updated: August 6, 2013 6:27AM
On the night he disappeared, Christopher Evans told friends to leave the Lakeview bar they were in and he took off running east on Roscoe Street.
Five days later on Thursday morning, his body was found floating in Belmont Harbor.
Friends and family said that the erratic and paranoid behavior Evans displayed on that last night was highly unusual.
“Everyone that was with him said the onset of it was sudden and everything after that was out of character from the way he normally behaved,” said his father, Michael Evans. “He had not had enough drinks to be drunk.”
Evans’ family is waiting for toxicological tests from the medical examiner, but Michael Evans believes “ all indications lead to the fact that something was possibly slipped in his drink.”
What happened that early Sunday morning was certainly not typical for a 25-year-old who lived with his parents in south suburban Evergreen Park and who had worked for three years as financial analyst at Loyola University.
For the past year, his father said, Evans had been taking courses towards an MBA at Loyola’s Quinlan School of Business.
“For him school was always easy,” his father said. “It was second-nature to him. Once he got his MBA, he wanted to get a doctorate in economics.”
Evans, who grew up in the South Side Chatham neighborhood, had always been a stellar student. He had tested into two of Chicago’s selective enrollment high schools, Gwendolyn Brooks and DeVry University Advantage Academy, according to his father. He graduated from a DeVry program that also earned him college credit and an associate’s degree.
Evans went on to get undergraduate degrees in finance and management from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
His desire to get a PhD in economics “was an aspiration of his that wasn’t going to be stopped,” his father said.
But on that early Sunday morning when he disappeared, his friends told police that after leaving Roscoe’s Tavern, 3356 N. Halsted St., Evans was not acting like himself and seemed very agitated.
When he failed to contact friends or family, his friends started a “Find Christopher Evans” Facebook page to get the word out about his disappearance.
His body was pulled from the water by the CPD Marine Unit about 9 a.m. Thursday.
Arrangements were pending.