DeKALB — An Illinois Conservation Police kayaker is searching the Kishwaukee River near Kingston again as efforts to find a missing 23-year-old Sycamore High School graduate stretch into a second day.
Steven Schulz, of the 900 block of West Hillcrest Drive in DeKalb, was reported missing by family members Monday evening. A DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol found Schulz’s Ford pickup truck about 2:40 a.m. Monday near Route 72 and Glidden Road in rural Kingston, so about 20 searchers scoured the river within a half-mile of that point Tuesday using dogs, a boat and a helicopter.
About 8 a.m. today, sheriff's police met conservation police at the Glidden Road bridge, DeKalb County Sheriff Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie said. Sheriff's police will focus on the same area of the north branch of the Kishwaukee River today, while DeKalb police will focus on talking with family, friends and people who last spoke with Schulz.
"The conservation police do a lot of these water rescue/recovery things, so they are really the experts in this area," Dumdie said. "... There's nothing that's leading us farther away from the truck at this time."
The area is a well-known fishing spot, so Schulz or his truck would not have seemed unusual to passersby at the time, Dumdie said. Anyone who saw anything unusual or potentially related between Sunday and Tuesday should contact DeKalb County Sheriff's police at 815-895-2155 or DeKalb police at 815-748-8400.
One area DeKalb police had been exploring was reports Schulz planned to meet a man to exchange guns. Schulz’s longtime friend, Thomas Joiner of Sycamore, said that the last time he heard from Schulz was at 1 p.m. Sunday. In a phone conversation, Schulz told Joiner he was planning a “firearms exchange” with a man.
Joiner, who graduated from Sycamore High School with Schulz in 2009, said he didn’t know who Schulz was going to meet or what kind of gun Schulz was going to get.
Court records show Northern Illinois University police arrested Schulz on suspicion of DUI on Friday.
About 2 a.m. Friday, Schulz was driving his Ford pick-up truck in the 700 block of North Annie Glidden Road in DeKalb when a NIU police officer stopped him for driving with one headlight and weaving in his lane, records show.
Schulz failed sobriety tests and registered 0.153 percent in a blood-alcohol test, almost twice the legal limit, court records show. He was also cited for the headlight violation.
Typically after a first DUI violation, a driver is notified that their license will be suspended 45 days after the incident, but they are allowed to drive before then, according to state law. Schulz posted $100 bail on Friday and was told to appear in court Aug. 22.
In a separate case on May 4, Sycamore police cited Schulz with failure to report an accident, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to notify of an accident that caused damage. He was sentenced to 12 months of court supervision and driver's education school on June 26 for the charge of leaving the scene of an accident.
Dumdie said it was too early to tell if the DUI charge had any connection with Schulz' disappearance.
"It's circumstances," Dumdie said. "Whether it comes into play, it's too early to say."