A beloved 83-year-old Berwyn man who was missing was found dead in North Riverside on Tuesday, Berwyn police said.
Jose G. Arevalo’s family had begged the public to help find the missing man after not seeing him since last Thursday. Arevalo suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and spoke only Spanish, family told the Tribune earlier this week.
Attempts to share information about Arevalo through news outlets, social media and flyers had caught the attention of thousands, Berwyn Police Chief Michael Cimaglia wrote on Facebook on Tuesday. People and police searched and spread messages all over the city and even as far as Chicago’s Little Village, he added.
Arevalo was found dead around 11 a.m. Tuesday in the 2100 block of North Riverside’s Harlem Avenue.
“The Berwyn Police Department is grateful for the support of the public and those who called to provide tips on Mr Arevalo’s whereabouts,” Cimaglia wrote, extending his condolences to the man’s family.
Arevalo immigrated to the United States from Monterrey, Mexico, in 1974 and was married to Berta Ruiz for 49 years, the Tribune reported Monday. The couple had three children, eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
As he struggled with a slew of health issues that required medication, his wife described him as a prankster, dancer, and music lover who was always friendly with children and who loved his large family and was loved by his community.
“He’s a great companion,” Ruiz said in Spanish at the time.
Granddaughter Gabriela Zaragoza told the Tribune earlier this week that Arevalo helped kids stay out of trouble when he worked as a mechanic in Little Village by teaching them how to fix and maintain cars.
“My grandfather is just a wonderful man. Just has a big heart,” she said.