North Riverside Grandfather Found Dead

On Tuesday, Berwyn police uncovered the body of a missing 83-year-old man in North Riverside.

After last Thursday’s disappearance, Jose G. Arevalo’s family appealed to the public for aid. Family members informed the Tribune earlier this week that Arevalo spoke only Spanish and had Alzheimer’s disease.

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On Tuesday, Berwyn police Chief Michael Cimaglia commented on Facebook that Arevalo’s story had drawn thousands of viewers. He stated that the municipality and Chicago’s Little Village sought and disseminated news.

Discovered Dead at 11 a.m

In the 2100 block of North Riverside’s Harlem Avenue, Arevalo was discovered dead at approximately 11 a.m.

“The Berwyn Police Department is grateful for the outpouring of public support and for individuals who contacted to share leads concerning Mr. Arevalo’s location,” Cimaglia added.

According to the Tribune, Arevalo moved to the US from Monterrey, Mexico, in 1974 and married Berta Ruiz for 49 years. Three children, 11 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren comprised the marriage.

While he suffered from a variety of medication-required health issues, his wife described him as a jokester, dancer, and music enthusiast who loved his enormous family and community.

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“He’s a fantastic companion,” Ruiz remarked in Spanish.

This week, Gabriela Zaragoza, Arevalo’s granddaughter, told the Tribune that he taught Little Village schoolchildren how to repair and maintain autos.

He’s great. She remarked, “She just has a large heart.”

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