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    Lane Campbell (50) found dead near a golf course 3 weeks after he went missing

    https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/loca...ssing/2446829/

    A community is in shock after a beloved attorney at Northwestern University was reported missing this week.

    Lane Campbell, 50, was last seen on Feb. 19 in the 900 block of Belle Plaine Avenue in Chicago, according to police. The attorney, who works on research contracts at Northwestern, is described as a happy and laid back guy, and friends and family are shocked at his disappearance.

    ?He?s a very social guy,? Mark Sheppard, a longtime friend, said. ?He loves music shows (and) bringing people together.

    Sheppard said that the last time he spoke to Campbell was simply about the parking issues caused by heavy snow in Chicago, a perfectly normal conversation at odds with his sudden disappearance.

    “He was throwing a few funny quips, as he always does,” he said. “That’s the last time I communicated with him.”

    Sheppard said the two went to law school together, and kept in touch regularly, so when he went missing on Friday, it came as a complete shock.

    “It’s completely unprecedented for him to do something like this,” he said. “Sometimes people do this and show signs. This is completely out of the blue.”

    Chicago police say that Campbell frequented south-suburban Oak Forest. Sheppard says that Campbell spent some time there last week, going to his girlfriend’s house on Walnut Road.

    “She left him at her place. She had an appointment, and she expected to see him when she returned,” he said.

    “They were supposed to have lunch together later in the day, and Lane didn’t show up,” Annie Campbell-Yunginger, Lane’s younger sister, said.

    His sister says that he missed a weekly phone call with his father on Friday, something he never would do under normal circumstances.

    “It was a punch in the gut right from the get go,” she said.

    His family believes that he left his girlfriend’s place with a duffle bag on Friday morning, either leaving via ride-share or public transportation. That bag was found at his home in Chicago, along with his car, according to friends and family.

    “We’re on day six. Day six tells me he didn’t go off somewhere to regroup,” Annie said. “It’s becoming worrisome.”

    Police describe Campbell as a 50-year-old male, standing 6-feet-2 inches tall and weighing 240 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair.

    Police believe he had his cellphone, wallet and house keys when he left his home.

    The family says the cellphone hasn’t yielded any clues, and the family has hired an attorney and a private investigator in an effort to find him.

    Sheppard says that the family hopes there’s no “foul play” involved in his disappearance.

    “It’s so bizarre he would disappear like this,” he said. “None of us understand how this could happen.”

    Anyone with information on Campbell’s whereabouts is encouraged to call Chicago police at 312-744-8266.

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    Friends and family of an Uptown man are appealing to the public for help after the Northwestern University lawyer and fixture of Chicago’s music community hasn’t been seen in a week.

    Lane G. Campbell, 50, lives in the 900 block of West Belle Plaine Avenue and was last seen on Feb. 19, his loved ones said in a statement Thursday. His “mysterious disappearance” is now being investigated by police and private detectives, but Campbell’s family said they hope going public also will help them find him.

    Campbell last was seen Feb. 19 at his girlfriend’s home in suburban Oak Forest. While his girlfriend was out, Campbell left the home that morning and appears to have traveled back to his Uptown apartment, family said in a news release.

    His personal belongings he had with him in Oak Forest were found in his Uptown apartment when Campbell’s girlfriend and police inspected the place the evening of the 19th.

    But Campbell was not at his apartment and it is unclear where he may have gone. Jerome Hughes, a friend of Campbell’s, said Campbell did not take his car to visit his girlfriend so it’s not known how he traveled back to Uptown. His car was parked near his apartment when his girlfriend and police went looking for him, Hughes said.

    Chicago police are working with Oak Forest Police and Northwestern University Police — as well as with a private investigator — to find Campbell.

    “No leads have yet been communicated,” Campbell’s family and loved ones said in a statement.

    Campbell has lived in Chicago since 2000, except for a stretch in Connecticut from 2008-2010. He works at Northwestern’s office for research.

    “The University has been in contact with his family and is providing police information that we hope will aid in his swift and safe return,” Northwestern officials said in a statement.

    Campbell is a well-known figure in Chicago’s music scene, and members of the music community locally and nationwide also are helping gather information on his whereabouts. Tim and Katie Tuten, owners of The Hideout, called Campbell “our dear, dear friend of the Hideout community for over 20 years.”

    His disappearance has been a shock to many of his friends and family, Hughes said.

    “It wasn’t something that people expected by any means,” he said.

    Hughes met Campbell through a fan group of the defunct downstate Illinois band Uncle Tupelo. The two became closer friends after attending shows together at The Hideout and other venues throughout the city.

    Because Campbell is so well-liked in the Uncle Tupelo community, the search for his whereabouts has gone national, Hughes said.

    “He’s a connector,” Hughes said of Campbell. “If somebody had just come to Chicago, he would help them out. He just has an open soul.”

    Campbell is described as a 6-foot-2 white man weighing 240 pounds. He has blue eyes, dark brown hair and a gray-brown beard. He was last seen wearing a navy Patagonia coat with a customized patch that reads “Flappie,” according to family.

    Anyone with information on Campbell’s disappearance is asked to call Chicago Police detectives in the special victim’s unit at 312-744-8266.

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    Friends and family of an Uptown man are appealing to the public for help after the Northwestern University lawyer and fixture of Chicago?s music community hasn?t been seen in a week.

    Lane G. Campbell, 50, lives in the 900 block of West Belle Plaine Avenue and was last seen on Feb. 19, his loved ones said in a statement Thursday. His ?mysterious disappearance? is now being investigated by police and private detectives, but Campbell?s family said they hope going public also will help them find him.

    Campbell last was seen Feb. 19 at his girlfriend?s home in suburban Oak Forest. While his girlfriend was out, Campbell left the home that morning and appears to have traveled back to his Uptown apartment, family said in a news release.

    His personal belongings he had with him in Oak Forest were found in his Uptown apartment when Campbell?s girlfriend and police inspected the place the evening of the 19th.

    But Campbell was not at his apartment and it is unclear where he may have gone. Jerome Hughes, a friend of Campbell?s, said Campbell did not take his car to visit his girlfriend so it?s not known how he traveled back to Uptown. His car was parked near his apartment when his girlfriend and police went looking for him, Hughes said.

    Chicago police are working with Oak Forest Police and Northwestern University Police ? as well as with a private investigator ? to find Campbell.

    ?No leads have yet been communicated,? Campbell?s family and loved ones said in a statement.

    Campbell has lived in Chicago since 2000, except for a stretch in Connecticut from 2008-2010. He works at Northwestern?s office for research.

    ?The University has been in contact with his family and is providing police information that we hope will aid in his swift and safe return,? Northwestern officials said in a statement.

    Campbell is a well-known figure in Chicago?s music scene, and members of the music community locally and nationwide also are helping gather information on his whereabouts. Tim and Katie Tuten, owners of The Hideout, called Campbell ?our dear, dear friend of the Hideout community for over 20 years.?

    His disappearance has been a shock to many of his friends and family, Hughes said.

    ?It wasn?t something that people expected by any means,? he said.

    Hughes met Campbell through a fan group of the defunct downstate Illinois band Uncle Tupelo. The two became closer friends after attending shows together at The Hideout and other venues throughout the city.

    Because Campbell is so well-liked in the Uncle Tupelo community, the search for his whereabouts has gone national, Hughes said.

    ?He?s a connector,? Hughes said of Campbell. ?If somebody had just come to Chicago, he would help them out. He just has an open soul.?

    Campbell is described as a 6-foot-2 white man weighing 240 pounds. He has blue eyes, dark brown hair and a gray-brown beard. He was last seen wearing a navy Patagonia coat with a customized patch that reads ?Flappie,? according to family.

    Anyone with information on Campbell?s disappearance is asked to call Chicago Police detectives in the special victim?s unit at 312-744-8266.

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    https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/loca...olice/2455180/

    Body of Missing Chicago Attorney Found Near South Suburban Golf Course

    The body of a Northwestern University attorney, who was reported missing late last month, was found Friday afternoon near a south suburban golf course, authorities said.

    The Cook County Sheriff's Office confirmed Lane Campbell, 50, of Chicago, was located deceased near 163rd Street and Central Avenue. The body was discovered near a trail adjacent to the George Dunne Golf Course, Cook County Forest Preserve authorities said.

    There were no indications of foul play, and investigators were awaiting the results of an autopsy, according to sheriff's officials.

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