UPTOWN — 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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