Body Found in West Branch DuPage River Near Mack Road

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Body Found in West Branch DuPage River Near Mack Road

Coroner’s office to determine identity

(May 27, 2020) — DuPage Forest Preserve police recovered a body Wednesday morning from the West Branch DuPage River south of Mack Road in West Chicago.

The DuPage County Coroner’s Office will determine if it is the body of an 18-year-old West Chicago woman swept away by the flooded river on May 15 while walking her two dogs at Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve in Winfield.

The body was found by two officers searching the waterway by kayak at Blackwell Forest Preserve. The site is about 5.5 miles south of Winfield Mounds.

The DuPage County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on Thursday, according to coroner Richard Jorgensen.

“Hopefully we can bring some closure to the family at this tragic time,” said Forest Preserve District Police Chief David Pederson. “We are very appreciative for all the help we have received from the numerous agencies and volunteers who assisted in this exhaustive search.”

More than 100 search and rescue personnel and volunteers scoured the West Branch DuPage River from Winfield to Warrenville May 15 and 16 in search of the woman, using boats equipped with sonar and infrared-equipped underwater drones.
 
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