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Victim ‘loved having good time’

Family visit park daily during search

Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
Javier Tiscareno

PROPHETSTOWN – The sister of the man who went missing in the Rock River last month says she and her mother have been going to Prophetstown daily.

Fire department crews have been searching the river since Javier Tiscareno, 30, of Brookfield, a Chicago suburb, was last seen June 23 near the riverbanks at Prophetstown State Park.

His sister, Cindy Tiscareno, a Cicero resident, remembered when her father, Javier Tiscareno Sr., used to take the family to the park.

“There are pictures of me at the park when I was a baby,” said Cindy, 24.

Tiscareno described her brother as a “huge fan” of Chicago professional sports teams, particularly the Cubs.

“He loved having a good time with friends and family. He was a relaxed guy. He was calm,” Cindy said.

In 2011, Tiscareno’s father suffered a stroke.

“He was really close with our father. It hurt him a lot when he got a stroke,” Cindy said. “I stopped going to the park, but my dad and my brother went there for years.”

Jeff Bright RV in Rock Falls donated the use of a trailer for Tiscareno’s family, who are at the park while crews search.

“We really appreciate that they donated the trailer to us. We appreciate all of the volunteers as well for all of their time to find my brother,” Cindy said.

Authorities said they believe Tiscareno’s body is caught somewhere at the bottom of the Rock River. Crews have been searching the river from the park to the Erie area, a few miles downstream.

On June 22, Tiscareno, a forklift operator, and two friends arrived at the park. They camped and fished there.

Late in the afternoon the next day, Tiscareno and one of his friends went swimming in the Rock River. Witnesses described Tiscareno as being in a dazed state; some said he appeared drunk.

The witnesses said he went under in the area where Coon Creek flows into the Rock River.

Cindy Tiscareno said her brother knew how to swim.

Authorities said they’ll continue the search until they find Tiscareno’s body.

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