Mail carrier Richard James Wieting of Hanover Park on Saturday was described as an affable, generous and kindhearted man who loyally worked for 22 years at the Harwood Heights Post Office.
So when he didn't show up for work on Tuesday morning, his bosses and co-workers were concerned. So was his family. And they immediately began to search for him.
The 53-year-old Wieting remains missing, although his 2007 black PT Cruiser was found by Chicago police near Foster Avenue and Simonds Road, near Foster Avenue Beach, in Chicago.
About 30 family members and friends held a news conference at Foster Avenue Beach on Saturday to plea for information involving Wieting's disappearance and to seek volunteers to pass out fliers and search the area. They will meet again Sunday around noon to do the same, said his daughter Marla Wieting, 26, of Schaumburg.
"This is very out of character for him," she said.
Wieting is described as 6-foot-2 and about 185 pounds. He was last seen on Monday night at home with his wife of 29 years, Joyce, and their daughter, Michelle, 20, a Harper College student. The father is on heart and cholesterol prescriptions, which remain at home. So the family is concerned for his health and welfare since he also hasn't had his medications since he was reported missing, said Marla Wieting.
There were no indications of any problems with her father in prior days and no known threats that would have alerted them to his sudden disappearance. He was in good health and happy, the eldest daughter added.
"He's the kind of man who would do anything for anyone, so it's time that we now did something for him to try and find him," she said.
Messages left with the Hanover Park police on Saturday were not immediately returned. The Chicago Police Department referred all inquiries to the Hanover Park police.