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Body pulled from Maple Lake likely that of Oak Lawn man

By Laura Bollin

A body pulled from Maple Lake on Tuesday is likely an Oak Lawn man who went missing last week.

Oak Lawn police Division Chief Michael Kaufman said a body matching the description of Alpha Sabbithiwas pulled from the water by Cook County Forest Preserve District police at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, and that the clothing matched the description of that which  Sabbithi was wearing when he was last seen by family members. The body was not weighed down in any way and the fact it was in the water for likely several days makes it difficult to determine is it sustained any trauma, Kaufmann said, but added that there is nothing to indicate foul play.

An autopsy was scheduled to be conducted by the Cook County medical examiner on Wednesday.

Sabbithi was reported missing by his brother, Victor, at 2:23 a.m. last Friday. Sabbithi’s locked car was found near 95th Street and Wolf Road at Maple Lake Forest Preserve, and his cell phone and a brace he was using because of a recent karate injury were inside the car, police said.

Kaufman has said Sabbithi’s car showed no evidence that it was taken in a carjacking. Police found in the car a bottle of prescription painkillers he had been taking for a shoulder injury, but have no way of knowing if he ingested any of the pills in an attempt to sedate himself, Kaufmann said.

Sabbithi’s parents told police he had been depressed recently, but did not indicate he was on medication or receiving treatment for depression. He would have celebrated his 28th birthday Monday.

Sabbithi’s brother, Victor, last saw him Friday afternoon, shortly before he left home. Victor said his brother is a homebody who is studying to be a priest at the Lutheran School of Theology in Hyde Park, and never left home for any extended period of time.

“He has no enemies, and he really keeps to himself,” Victor Sabbithi said. “He doesn’t socialize too much and didn’t really have any friends. He doesn’t drink alcohol or do drugs, so there isn’t anyone he would have any problems with.

“He would leave every once in a while because he would need some air, and he would go walk around for a while around Oak Lawn. Nothing like this has ever happened before. He would never go walk in the woods, he wasn’t a forest type of person.”