The identities of two men whose bodies were pulled from Lake Michigan Thursday afternoon on the North Side have been have been released, authorities said.
But autopsies today for Ramon Benavidez, 32, and Mark Warrian, 52 and of Oak Lawn, were inconclusive as to the cause and manner of their deaths, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
Passersby spotted Benavidez in the water in the 3500 block of West Belmont Harbor Drive shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday, according to Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. “At least three divers went in, and after about 20 minutes, they found him,’’ he said.
Paramedics performed CPR on Benavidez on the way to Saint Joseph Hospital, Langford said.
An autopsy today for Benavidez was inconclusive and pending toxicology tests, according to the medical examiner's office. Benavidez was pronounced dead at 6:02 p.m. Thursday, according to the medical examiner's office.
About the same time that Benavidez was spotted in Belmont Harbor, someone spotted a man's body about 300 feet off shore near 4300 north, said Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.
The Police Marine unit was on-scene by 5:02 p.m., and was able to recover the body of Warrian, which was in an advanced state of decomposition, soon after.
An autopsy today for Warrian, of the 10000 block of South Keating Avenue in Oak Lawn, was also inconclusive and pending further studies, according to the medical examiner's office.
At Belmont Harbor, Fire officials said Thursday that three divers went in the water to try to locate the man after a witness was able to point out exactly where the man went underwater, near the mouth of Belmont Harbor.
Amy Rabas said she was taking a walk with a friend when they rounded a corner at the entrance to the harbor and saw the man. "He was already in the water and he wasn’t wearing a shirt,’’ she said.
Rabas said the man began to struggle in the water. "He’d kind of go under for a few seconds and then come up,’’ Rabas said.
Rabas began calling 911 at 4:59 p.m. as her companion tried to help the man but was hampered by rocks. “There was not an easy way,’’ she said.
Witnesses told WGN-TV that the man appeared stunned that he was unable to get out of the water.
While she was on the line with a 911 dispatcher, Rabas saw the man go under a final time, she said.
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