Chicago Pastor Found Dead in Des Plaines River: Family’s Plea for Help Ignored

Chicago, Illinois – The body of a missing Chicago pastor, Reverend Warren Beard, has been found in the Des Plaines River in Rockdale, along with his vehicle, as confirmed by the Will County Coroner. Beard was last seen on July 2 in Joliet, and his vehicle was captured by a license plate reader camera near the intersection of Jefferson Street and Larkin Avenue.

Authorities discovered Beard’s vehicle in the river after video footage showed a vehicle entering the water on Tuesday evening. Beard’s family has identified the remains found in the vehicle as belonging to him. The 53-year-old pastor was highly regarded by his community and church members.

Pastor Chenier Alston, who worked closely with Beard for 18 years, described him as a remarkable individual. The community gathered for prayers at the Auburn Gresham church in support of Beard’s family during this difficult time.

Beard’s sudden disappearance has left his loved ones in shock, as he was known to be a dedicated father of five and committed church member. He had plans to visit Joliet, where he had friends, but never returned home that night.

Despite no signs of foul play in the investigation, Beard’s family and friends are struggling to come to terms with his disappearance. The community has rallied together to offer support and comfort to those affected by this tragic loss.

The news of Reverend Beard’s passing has deeply saddened those who knew him, as he was known for his kindness and positivity. The Will County Coroner’s report confirmed the identity of the body recovered from the Des Plaines River, bringing some closure to his grieving family and friends.