Missing Since: 02/23/07
Missing from: West Chicago, Illinois
Age at disappearance: 45
Weight: 165 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Characteristics: May have a moustache, beard,
Clothing: Blue jeans, black turtleneck sweater, olive green
aviator jacket, black shoes.
Nickname: “Chicago Johnny”
Details of Disappearance
Spira was last seen by co-workers at his business, Universal Cable, in West Chicago, around 7:00 PM on February 23, 2007. At 7:09 he made a cell phone call to confirm a dinner date with a friend in Oak Brook, Illinois. Spira was expected to meet his friend in Oak Brook at 8:30. He never arrived, and although his cell phone continued to ‘ping’ until 11:00 PM, no further communication from Spira was received.
John is the lead guitarist in a band. He missed his first gig in four years as a member on February 24. Friends and family have searched the forested area behind his business without results. Police have searched his office and home and reported no indications of foul play.
St. Charles Police Department
DuPage County Sheriff’s Office
February 22, 2010 (WHEATON, Ill.) (WLS) — The DuPage County Sheriff’s Department says it has not given up on its search for a missing west suburban businessman.
John Spira, 45, of St. Charles has been missing since February 23, 2007.
There are other missing person cases in the Chicago area that have gotten more attention, but investigators say that few are more mysterious than the circumstances surrounding John Spira’s disappearance.
Spira, co-owner of Universal Cable Construction, was last seen at a company outing in West Chicago. He was also a blues guitarist who played in a number of local clubs with his band, the Rabble Rousers.
Spira’s family has been out searching a number of time times and even had a group of 40 people helping on one occasion. They have also handed out fliers to help generate tips for detectives. But so far, nothing has helped to direct the investigation in a specific direction.
“We would like to have some direction for the investigation as far as whether we’re definitively dealing with foul play or somebody who is missing voluntarily. We don’t even have that answer. A lot of information that can be taken both ways,” said Detective Commander Mark Edwalds, DuPage County Sheriff’s Department.
Detectives say there have been no signs of foul play but no signs to suggest that Spira became missing voluntarily. Spira’s truck, with his laptop still in it, was parked behind his place of business at the time that he was reported missing.
Police say they can use some help. The case is still open but they need some tips to generate further investigation.
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