Search continues for missing Lake Station man
By Michael Gonzalez Post-Tribune correspondent June 26, 2014 5:24PM
Updated: June 27, 2014 2:02AM
LAKE STATION — A Lake Station man with serious health issues remained missing Thursday afternoon.
Ron Skertic, 66, is believed to have walked away Monday from the Lake Park Residential Care Center, 2075 Ripley St. A Silver Alert issued by Lake Station police describes Skertic as being “in danger” and “in need of medication.”
Marilyn Skertic, Ron Skertic’s sister-in-law, said she believes police have been actively looking for the man, but she was not aware of any leads, she said.
“I think they’re keeping us up to date as much as they can, but if anyone had any ideas where (Ron Skertic) might be, we’d be happy to hear from them,” the St. John woman said. “Our goal is to find him. He’s not healthy mentally or physically. He’s not contagious or anything, but he’s frail.”
While his department issued the Silver Alert, the adult equivalent of the Amber Alert for children, Chief Kevin Garber did not return multiple calls seeking additional information.
Some residents appear to move freely to and from Lake Park, tucked away just off Interstate 80/94, just off a busy street. Residents often visit the Road Ranger and Luke’s service stations nearby.
The Lake Park administrator could not be reached for comment.
Jason Vandenburgh, general manager for the Luke’s station, 2178 Ripley St., said Ron Skertic, known to employees as “Ronnie,” visited the business nearly every day. Vandenburgh said he last saw Skertic on Saturday afternoon.
Vandenburgh said he believes Skertic suffers from some sort of dementia, but also said Skertic recently told him he has been diagnosed with cancer.
“He’s always coming in, asking if he can throw out garbage or help out, but we can’t really let him do that,” Vandenburgh said. “(Skertic’s) the nicest guy you’d ever want to meet.”
“It’s sad. I hope he’s found. He’s never hurt anyone.”
Anyone with information on Ron Skertic’s whereabouts can call the Lake Station Police Department, (219) 962-1186.