CHICAGO — After a night out in Chicago the night before Halloween, 23-year-old Iñaki Bascaran told his roommate he was on his way home. But he didn’t make it.
Chicago police reported late Friday that the man had been found dead in Chicago’s River. The body was discovered about 1 1/2 miles away from the bar where it was last seen.
Bascaran was raised in Glenview in Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign in his senior year and moved to Chicago this year, where he was a marketer. Bascaran was described by Kayli Fradin as the “life of the party”, who “always tries make people laugh”.
Bascaran, along with his friends, went to Lincoln Park’s bar on October 30, Fradin reported to ABC News. Bascaran then called Uber to take him to Celeste, a bar in the River North neighbourhood. He left Celeste alone at 11:39 pm
Bascaran called Fradin, Bascaran’s friend and Bascaran’s roommate on FaceTime at 12.00 a.m. to tell him he was going home.
Fradin stated that Fradin was surprised to learn that Fradin was so drunk at the time that Fradin thought he was in Lincoln Park. “He didn’t know where he was located in the city.”
Fradin stated that Bascaran wasn’t home 45 minutes later. Fradin also said that Bascaran was not there. Fradin added that she and her boyfriend tried searching Bascaran’s phone for his location but he was still away.
Bascaran’s phone was still dead by noon the next day and his bed had been made. Fradin stated that she called the police immediately.
She stated that she was given a list by the police of hospitals she could contact, but none of them had ever seen him.
Fradin said that she had broken the news to Bascaran and her parents, calling it “heartbreaking” phone call.
Chicago Police Department issued a flyer about missing persons that stated there was no more information available.
Fradin, with no leads, created an Instagram and website to spread the word.
“Iñaki has so many friends from so many areas in his life,” she said, from his football league to high school to college to abroad, that “we just knew we were going to have a really big group of people to take care of. “
On Monday, about 200 friends, family and strangers armed with flashlights and neon vests conducted a search, “starting at Celeste and leading people in different directions that Iñaki might have been going,” Fradin said.
“It is amazing how quickly everyone has been mobilized,” she stated.