A missing Aurora man whose remains were found on an island in the Fox River near Montgomery by a group of river cleanup volunteers previously served as a specialist in the Army National Guard and held a master’s degree, according to correspondence posted on social media by state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit in summer 2016.
The Kendall County Coroner’s Office announced Tuesday that the remains found Saturday were identified through forensics as Trey Nathan Key Soesbe, 30, of Aurora. The coroner’s office stated that Soesbe had been reported missing to the Aurora Police Department in December 2015.
According to the coroner’s office, the investigation is ongoing and will continue with the assistance of the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office, the Aurora Police Department and Loyola University.
The Aurora Police Department posted on its Facebook page that Soesbe last was seen by a family member about 1:30 p.m. Dec. 29, 2015, when he was dropped off at Hesed House. However, Soesbe never registered at Hesed House and never spent the night there, police said.
Soesbe has had “alcohol and drug problems in the past and does suffer from psychological challenges,” Aurora police said.
Kifowit, D-Oswego, posted what she referred to as a “heart-wrenching” email she received from Soesbe’s father in July 2016 regarding Soesbe’s disappearance and the man’s struggles with alcoholism and bipolar disorder. She shared the post, and others did as well, hoping for information that would lead to them finding Soesbe.
After news was released that Soesbe’s remains had been found, Kifowit shared the post from 2016 and wrote that she remembered meeting him years ago.
“It is at least a closure for his family, but a reminder of the struggles of our service men and women,” she wrote. “Prayers for his family and friends. I still remember when I met him so many years ago; and it breaks my heart he is gone.”
The post said that Soesbe had a master’s degree in political science from Northern Illinois University, and that Kifowit had visited him and his father in 2014.
The email from his father listed his son’s struggles and said he had gotten a job at the Hollywood Casino and was living in a halfway house when he had a relapse. He described his son as “hopeful” the day he disappeared, that he was trying to get his job back and get back into the halfway house.
“I last saw him that afternoon, in Hesed House parking lot, and he gave me a big hug and said, ‘I love you, Dad, see you Sunday,’ ” the man wrote to Kifowit. “His cellphone has had no activity since that afternoon, when he was on the phone with my sister, and his phone went dead after he told her he was ‘down by the river by some dangerous people.' He never picked up his paycheck at the casino, his food stamp card was not used, he didn’t file his taxes. He simply vanished.”
The father wrote that the Aurora police had “done everything they can do to find Trey, but there are no leads.”
“Trey always had big dreams, but even bigger addictions and mental health burdens to carry,” the father wrote.