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Father: Son 'very paranoid' before he went missing

When Christopher Evans became nervous early Sunday morning and told friends to leave the Lakeview bar they were in, right away, he was not acting like himself, friends and family said.

Once outside of Roscoe’s Bar, 3356 N. Halsted St., Evans ran eastbound on Roscoe Street about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, police said. Friends and family haven’t heard from him since, they said.

“He got very paranoid and didn’t want anybody around him,” said Christopher’s father, Michael Evans, who lives in Evergreen Park with his son. “He just ran off away from where he was.”

Michael Evans said this behavior is not typical for his usually laid back, 25-year-old son, who frequently visits Chicago to meet up with friends on weekends.

Chicago police sent a missing person alert Wednesday afternoon, which said Christopher Evans was “not acting like himself and appeared very agitated” before running away from his friends into the night.

John Geahan, who said he was with Evans on Saturday night, describes his friend as usually calm and collected. Geahan said Evans had been drinking, but had not had more than two or three drinks that night. When Evans suddenly became nervous, it was out of character for him and confused his group of friends, Geahan said.

While Michael Evans said it’s not uncommon for his son to leave his Evergreen Park home on weekends to visit Chicago without letting his parents know, the financial analyst at Loyola University is always back home by Sunday night, ready to work on Monday. He’s also pursuing an MBA at the university, his dad said.

A former college classmate, Veronica Arends, said friends began make calls and worrying about Evans Sunday afternoon when he didn’t show up to her house to meet before the Pride Parade.

“It’s very not like Chris to have an appointment and miss it,” Arends said.

Arends said friends found Evans’ car parked near the intersection of Broadway and Cornelia Avenue on Monday.

Friends and family have been passing out flyers with information about Evans in the Lakeview neighborhood since Monday, said Michael Evans.

“It’s a big loss if we don’t find him safe,” Evans said. “We love him.”

mmanchir@tribune.com

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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