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Body pulled from Lake Michigan after ‘at least two weeks,’ police say

Boaters discovered a man’s body Sunday, May 22, in Lake Michigan near Wilmette, according to the Wilmette Police Department.

The body was found around 4:15 p.m. about one mile off shore and authorities, based on the “condition of the body,” believe the individual was in the water for “at least a couple weeks,” Police Chief Kyle Murphy said.

According to a news release, the race of the man is unknown, but he has black hair and appears about 6 feet tall.

Local fire and U.S. Coast Guard responders brought the body ashore, and Wilmette police are leading the investigation.

The Wilmette Police Department reportedly does not have any open missing-persons cases but is coordinating with neighboring communities and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office to obtain the identify of the remains.

An autopsy occurred on Monday morning, May 23. Neither the medical examiner nor local authorities had information on the cause of death or the identity of the remains as of Thursday morning, May 26.

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