Cops: Body found along Evanston lakefront may be missing Des Plaines woman

Tribune reporter

Police are investigating whether the body of a woman found along the shore of Lake Michigan in Evanston late this morning is that of a Des Plaines woman reported missing in February.

The woman’s body was found along the lakefront in the 800 block of Sheridan Road about 11:45 a.m., said Evanston Police spokesman Cmdr. Jay Parrott.

A man was walking along the shoreline about that time and saw what looked like the body of a woman, washed up along the rocks in the lake, Parrott said. Clark Square Park is at the location.

The man called police, and police and an investigator with the Cook County medical examiner’s office responded to the scene, Parrott said.

Evanston police contacted Des Plaines police after the body was found because a woman missing from Des Plaines had last been seen in Evanston, but the body has not yet been positively identified as that of the missing woman, Parrott said.

Des Plaines police issued a news release this afternoon confirming that they are working with Evanston police and the the medical examiner’s office to determine if the body is that of Debra Fredricksen, 61, who was reported missing Feb. 22. Fredricksen’s car, with her cell phone and purse, was found near Elliot Park, the south end of which is just a block north of the park where the body was found today.

Evanston police are conducting a death investigation and Des Plaines police are working with Evanston and the medical examiner’s office to determine whether the body is that of Fredricksen.

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