Police searching for missing Illinois man after his car is found in Bee Tree Park


James Andrae

Police are searching in South County for a missing Illinois man after his car was found Thursday night in Bee Tree Park in Oakville.

James Andrae, 49, of Peoria suburb Creve Coeur, Illinois, is around 6 feet, 1 inches tall and 200 pounds, with sandy blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue striped polo shirt, tan Levis and boots.

He is considered endangered because he has bipolar depression and suffers from anxiety and depression, but did not take his medications with him, police said.

He was last seen Wednesday morning in Creve Coeur, Illinois.

Andrae’s unoccupied red and black 2011 Jeep Wrangler was found about 9:53 p.m. Thursday in Bee Tree Park, 2701 Finestown Avenue. The park borders the Mississippi River.

So far, searches in the park and surrounding areas by the St. Louis County Police Department, St. Louis County park rangers, K-9 units, the Metro Air Support Unit, the Special Response Unit and the Mehlville Fire Protection District have been unsuccessful in finding Andrae.

James Andrae

Investigators ask anyone with information or who has seen Andrae to please contact the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or the Creve Coeur (IL) Police Department at 309-699-9511.

In September 2017, hikers in Bee Tree Park along the Mississippi River found part of a human foot inside a shoe washed up on the shore. In May 2018, the foot was positively identified as belonging to a missing man from St. Louis city.