Zion military veteran Cory Rhinehart missing since Friday

ZION, Ill. (WLS) -- So far there are few leads in the search for a missing military veteran from the north suburban Zion.

Cory Rhinehart, 28, hasn't been seen since Friday, according to police.

He was last seen by his family around 9 a.m. on March 15 wearing black hospital scrubs, black Converse Chuck Taylor tennis shoes and a black pea coat.

Zion police said his phone has been turned off. A spokesperson for the family said police traced a 911 call from around 8 p.m. Friday, the day he went missing, to an apartment building near the last place he was seen.

"It was hung up. And then his phone was off," said his mother Andrea Holmes.

An apartment in that building has now been taped off with crime scene tape and official designated a crime scene, police said. His family said police told them there was human blood found in the apartment which has been sent to a crime lab for testing to identify who it belongs to.

Zion police Thursday laid down markers at the apartment building and took molds of tire tracks in the mud nearby.

Rinehart's family is desperate for his safe return.

"I walked through the puddles, the buses, I looked everywhere," Holmes said.

Officials said Rhinehart has not gone missing before and it is unclear if foul play was involved in his disappearance.

The family had originally planned to hold their own search Thursday evening, but in light of the latest developments changed those plans to a candlelight vigil not far from the apartment complex where police are investigating.

"I'm not thinking that my son is not going to be here. I'm thinking that my son is coming home," Holmes said.

If you have seen Cory or know his whereabouts, you are asked to call the Zion Police Department at 847-872-8000.
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