Body found of New Trier grad who went missing after kayak overturned in Lake Michigan
The remains have been found of a young man who went missing after his kayak overturned in poor conditions on Lake Michigan two weeks ago.
The body of Sebastian Duncan, 20, was recovered Saturday near Fort Sheridan, officials confirmed, not far from the Highland Park beach where the Glenview man and a friend launched their kayaks Aug. 27.
The friend was able to get to shore after the kayaks overturned and credited Duncan with helping him stay afloat before Duncan disappeared into the water, his father, Tony Duncan, told the Tribune.
He said the family was notified Saturday about the discovery of a body and then told Sunday that dental records confirmed it was his son.
“For me, for the last two weeks I’ve dealt with my son being gone and never coming back. But there was a small hope and because that was available, I didn’t want to diminish it,” Duncan said. “… It was so very hard because, for 20 years, I had the most enjoyable relationship with (him).
“The kid was so full of love and easygoing and cared so much about others,” Duncan said. “He was the emotional-gel kid in our family.”
Sebastian Duncan was a 2016 graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, had attended Northeastern University and worked at his parents’ personal training business in Wilmette, his family said.
Tony Duncan said he can’t adequately thank all those who helped search for his son, both professionals and volunteers, and those who reached out in support.
“The amount of people I met — the amount of tears I saw — was so meaningful at a time when the world felt so cold and dark,” he said. “There is an eclectic beauty of caring and concern with so many hands reaching out and sending love.”
A city of Highland Park release said Sebastian Duncan’s body was found Saturday morning by a passerby along the city’s Openlands Lakeshore Preserve.
An autopsy was conducted Monday but results are pending toxicology testing, according to Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper’s office.
Susan Berger is a freelance reporter.