The Will County Sheriff's Office is announcing that the unidentified male has been found in the DesPlaines River, just south of the Ruby Street Bridge in Joliet. This morning, the Sheriff's Office met with fire personnel from Joliet, Wilmington, Plainfield, and Romeoville in order to organize a more comprehensive search of a body after the discovery of a human leg yesterday. Three teams of boats began their visual and sonar search of the DesPlaines River waterways around 11:30am today. Joliet Fire Department located the body a short time after they began their search.
The Will County Coroner's Office was called to the scene and took possession of the body. It has been determined that the body appears to be related to the discovery of the human leg that was found yesterday at the Lockport Locks. The Coroner's Office has announced that an autopsy will be held tomorrow, April 14th. Positive identification of the individual is pending at this time and notification to the next of kin. The final cause of death will be determined, by the Coroner, at a later date pending the autopsy, toxicology, and a thorough police investigation. -end-