Lake County Coroner Confirms Missing Lake Villa Hunter Found Deceased in Fourth Lake

Patrick Serzynski (SOURCE: Family-provided photo/Lake County News-Sun)
Patrick Serzynski (SOURCE: Family-provided photo/Lake County News-Sun).

According to the Lake County Coroner, on Saturday, November 4, 2023, search crews recovered a body from Fourth Lake, where 5 days prior a hunter had gone missing.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office was notified and responded to the scene.

The deceased was positively identified as 60-year-old Patrick Serzynski, of Lake Villa. On Monday, November 6, 2023, an autopsy was conducted at the Lake County Coroner’s Office. Preliminary autopsy results indicate that Mr. Serzynski death is consistent with drowning.

The incident is under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the friends, neighbors, relatives and community for their love and support, especially the Fourth Lake Hunt Club, the search and rescue teams of the departments of: Lake Villa, Antioch, Fox Lake, Round Lake, Grayslake, Countryside, Wauconda, Buffalo Grove, Des Plaines, Libertyville, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois DNR.

— Lake County News Sun/Patrick Russell Serzynski Obituary

In lieu of flowers, donations and memorials may be made to the following organizations: Lake Villa Fire Protection District, Mutual Aid Box Alarm System Specialized Response Team (MABAS-Divisions 4 & 5), and the ILLWIS Search and Rescue Dogs.

A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at the Shanty Restaurant in Wadsworth, Illinois on Sunday, November 5 from 5-8 PM.



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