OREGON – The owner of an abandoned car, the subject of an all-day search Tuesday that involved an Ogle County Sheriff’s helicopter, was found in a Chicago hospital.
How the car happened to be left in a field along Ridge Road about 3 miles south of Pines Road remained a mystery, Sheriff Michael Harn said around 5 p.m.
“We verified that he’s a patient in the VA hospital in Chicago,” Harn said around 5 p.m.
Deputies searched the surrounding area on foot and by helicopter after a resident reported the car Tuesday morning.
They did not know if the car’s owner or someone else was driving it, or how long it had been there. A cellphone was found in the black Volkswagen; there was no sign of foul play, Harn said.
“We’re trying to find the driver. It looks like someone went for a walk,” he said. “No one has reported anyone missing. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. Until we figure out who was driving the car, we don’t know who we’re looking for.”