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Joliet police still trying to find missing man

William Smiley
William Smiley

A 28-year-old man who went missing had failed to report to Will County Pretrial Services within 24 hours of being released from jail, according to court records.

William R. Smiley, of the 1900 block of Arbor Field Drive, Plainfield, was arrested and jailed on charges alleging he possessed cocaine and recklessly drove his white 2015 Buick LaCrosse vehicle on June 29, according to court records.

Smiley was required to report to Will County Pretrial Services after he was released from jail July 2, according to his pretrial violation report. However, he failed to visit pretrial services within 24 hours or respond to phone calls, according to the report.

“As of Aug. 7, Mr. Smiley’s whereabouts are unknown,” according to the report.

Smiley’s family reported him missing on Sunday, and he still was considered missing as of Tuesday afternoon, Joliet police Sgt. Christopher Botzum said.

He said Tuesday that Joliet police actively were investigating the incident, and posts online indicating he had been found were inaccurate. Botzum said police reached out to Smiley’s family, who said he still was missing.

“It does not appear to be suspicious,” Botzum said.

He said the police are assuming he eventually will be found.

Smiley’s brother Rex Smiley claimed Tuesday that William Smiley had been seen and located, but he didn’t know where he was found. Smiley has brown hair and eyes, is about 6 feet tall and weighs 185 pounds.

Anyone with information should call the Joliet Police Department at 815-724-3100.

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