Missing woman found dead at Nippersink Lake
By Jason Arndt
A 57-year-old Fox Lake woman reported missing and endangered by her son Friday was found dead at Nippersink Lake the following day, according to the Fox Lake Police Department.
“(We) are spearheading an ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 57-year-old Fox Lake woman,” a news release issued by the department stated.
Mary Anton was reported missing by her son later that evening when she was not at her home in the 100 block of Arthur Street when he checked on her.
“Her son told investigators that he went to her home to check on her, but discovered that she was not there and that her dog was missing as well,” the release stated.
Following dialogue with neighbors, authorities determined Anton was last seen at about noon Friday, and that her cellular phone and purse were still inside the home.
The next day, authorities reported her missing, placing a missing/endangered alert on the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, stating she suffered a mental illness and was in need of medication.
At about 2:45 p.m., Fox Lake police responded to a report of a dead dog in the water of Nippersink Lake, and they later found Anton’s body nearby.
According to Public Information Officer Dave Bayless of the Fox Lake Police Department, officials do not suspect any foul play.
“The key is there was no sign of foul play, nor any physical trauma to Ms. Anton,” Bayless said on Sunday.
While there was no visible evidence of foul play, Bayless said they have not determined a cause of a death.
The Lake County Coroner’s Office was scheduled to conduct an autopsy Monday.
Meanwhile, authorities are asking that anyone who may have additional information about her disappearance to call the Fox Lake Police Department at (847) 587-3100.