North American Missing Persons Network
Brian C. Carrick

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Above Images: Carrick

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 20, 2002 from Johnsburg, McHenry County, Illinois
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 13, 1985
  • Age: 17
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 135 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Curly hair. Surgical
    scar on chest.
  • Medical Conditions: Heart condition which may require
    medical attention.
  • Clothing: Black Adidas jacket with stripes on the sleeves
    from the shoulder to the waist, an orange sweatshirt, and
    blue jeans.
  • Case Number: USILM02F0887

  • Details of Disappearance
    Carrick left his home in the 4000 block of North Johnsburg Road in Johnsburg, Illinois between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. on December 20, 2002 and headed across the street to Val's Foods, where he worked as a stocker. He had asked a coworker to switch hours with him that night, but was turned down. No one saw Carrick leave the store. He was reported missing by his parents at 2:45 p.m. the next day. They had noticed his absence at 8:00 a.m. that morning, but had thought he was at work until 11:45 when someone from Val's Foods called them and they realized Carrick was not there.

    The morning after Brian's disappearance, a stock boy at Val's found a pool of blood in a walk-in freezer in the produce department and alerted the store manager. The manager said he saw the blood, which was diluted with water dripping from an overhead cooling unit. He told the stock boy to mop it up. The manager, who at the time was not aware Brian was missing, said he assumed the blood came from raw meat stored in the cooler. Detectives were able to get traces of blood from the mopped floor. DNA tests confirmed that blood was Brian's.

    Brian was one of 14 children in his family. Foul play is strongly suspected, and officers have not ruled out drugs as a possible motive.

    Audio recordings have turned up in which Mario Casciaro reportedly tells another man he knows what happened to Brian Carrick, who may have killed him, and where his body may be today. Casciaro told Shane Lamb, a fellow employee at the grocery store where Casciaro and Carrick worked, to scare Carrick into paying a $500 drug debt he owed to Casciaro. Lamb has said that Casciaro told him to confront Carrick but that things got heated and Lamb ended up hitting Carrick, who fell to the ground unconscious. Lamb said Casciaro told him to leave and he would take care of the body, which has never been found.

    Casciaro, 24, was charged in 2009 with nine counts of perjury for allegedly lying to a McHenry County grand jury investigating Carrick's disappearance, but was acquitted. Another former co-worker, Robert Render, was charged in 2008 with concealing Carrick's death, but those charges were later dropped. Casciaro, now the co-owner of Val's Foods in Fox Lake, was Carrick's supervisor the night he disappeared. Casciaro's first trial ended with a hung jury and mistrial.

    In 2013 Mario Casciaro was found guilty of first degree murder. He was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Johnsburg Police Department
    (815) 385-6024
    (847) 497-9380

    Source Information
    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    A Lost Child
    Child Seek Network
    Chicago Tribune
    Daily Herald 9/17/2007