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'So much promise:' Body of missing student found in Belmont Harbor

Christopher Evans was buying furniture and padding his bank account this summer as he prepared to move from his parents’ Evergreen Park home into an apartment or condo in Chicago, his father said Thursday.

The 25-year-old’s plans were cut short.

Authorities pulled Christopher Evans’ body from Belmont Harbor on Thursday morning, officials said. Police have not released details as to how Evans may have ended up at the lake. He had been reported missing earlier this week, after friends became concerned when he failed to meet with them to attend the Pride Parade on June 30.

Friends said Evans acted paranoid, out of character, before he left Roscoe’s Tavern in Lakeview early Sunday morning and suddenly ran eastbound on Roscoe Street, confusing the friends he was with. Police had issued a missing person alert Wednesday that said Evans was “not acting like himself and appeared very agitated” before running away.

An autopsy conducted on Friday was inconclusive and pending further studies, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

On Thursday afternoon, Evans’ father, Michael Evans, described his son as driven and career-oriented, earning an associate's degree by 18 and then, in less than four years, two undergraduate degrees from Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

Evans also harbored hopes of pursuing a PhD in economics once he finished a master’s degree at Loyola, his dad said. He also worked at the school as a financial analyst in the Financial Services Office, the university said in a statement.

“He had so much promise,” Michael Evans said. “He had so many plans that he wanted to do. It’s devastating to see that it’s been cut short and he’s not going to realize those dreams.”

Evans had been hoping to move to Lakeview by the end of the summer, an area he enjoyed visiting to see his friends, Michael Evans said.

Michael Evans said he was preparing Thursday morning to view surveillance video from a convenience store authorities believed could have captured his son’s whereabouts Sunday morning. But before he got a chance to do so, detectives called with grim news.

“They were on their way to see us,” Evans said. “Two detectives told us they found the body in the lake.”

Friends and family had launched a search effort Monday, pinning fliers on light poles in Lakeview. A Facebook group called “Find Christopher Evans” gained 831 members.

“He was loved a lot and I’m going to miss him,” said Michael Evans.

mmanchir@tribune.com

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
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