Investigation Underway After Body Recovered From Des Plaines River

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A body has been recovered following a 3 day search for a missing boater. On July 10, 2018, the Channahon Fire Protection District in conjunction with Illinois Department of Natural Resources continued the searches on the Des Plaines and Illinois River canals for the male last seen on July 8, 2018 at approximately 7 p.m. His last seen location was approximately 1/2 mile west of Harborside Marina in Wilmington. Search operations began at approximately 7:30 AM.

During the morning search period at approximately 8:48 AM, a subject matching the description of the male was located in the Des Plaines River approximately one mile west of the last seen location.

The Grundy County Coroner has announced that the deceased is 47-year-old Baldur Kirsch Jr. of Wilmington. An autopsy was completed late Tuesday confirming the cause of death to be drowning. The coroner has stated that are conflicting details as to how Kirsch actually went into the water, there there are no further details surround his death. The investigation is ongoing.


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