UPTOWN — Lane Campbell, a fixture of Chicago’s reside music scene who went lacking in February, was discovered lifeless Friday, the Prepare dinner County Sheriff’s Workplace confirmed.
Campbell’s physique was discovered round 1 p.m. in a Prepare dinner County Forest Protect close to 163rd Avenue and Central Avenue in Oak Forest, officers mentioned in a information launch. There have been no indications of foul play however investigators are awaiting an post-mortem to substantiate the reason for Campbell’s loss of life, in line with the sheriff’s workplace, which took over the investigation from Oak Forest authorities.
The invention ends a two-week search to seek out Campbell, 50, an Uptown resident and beloved figure in local music circles.
Campbell was final seen in individual Feb. 19 at his girlfriend’s house in Oak Forest, authorities and his family members mentioned. He then appeared to journey again to his house within the 900 block of West Belle Plaine Avenue that very same day.
Ultimately, authorities decided Campbell had made it again to Oak Forest and was seen on surveillance digicam at a neighborhood fuel station, mentioned his buddy Jerome Hughes. Chicago police issued a lacking individual discover for Campbell on Feb. 22.
His disappearance set off a search that had nationwide attain, given Campbell’s standing in some music fandom circles, Hughes mentioned.
“Everyone seems to be simply shell shocked,” Hughes mentioned Friday night, talking on behalf of some household and pals. “I’m very upset, however I knew coming in there was this opportunity. I simply wished to do proper by my buddy.”
Campbell was an legal professional with the Northwestern College analysis division and frequented native music venues, together with The Hideout.
Hughes met Campbell by means of a fan group of the defunct downstate Illinois band Uncle Tupelo. The 2 grew to become nearer pals after attending reveals collectively at The Hideout and different venues all through the town.
As a result of Campbell is so well-liked in fan teams, the seek for his whereabouts went effectively past the Chicago space, Hughes mentioned.
“He’s a connector,” Hughes mentioned of Campbell. “If any person had simply come to Chicago, he would assist them out. He simply has an open soul.”
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