Body Found In Palos Forest Preserve Slough
A Cook County Forest Preserve officer blocks a road near a pond in Palos Park, IL., Thursday, June 11, 2009, where a dive team worked to recover the body of a fisherman. (David Pierini/Chicago Tribune)
The body has not yet been positively identified, but matches the description of the missing off-duty worker, said Steve Mayberry, spokesman for the Cook County forest preserve district.
Earlier, the man's car and a boat were found abandoned in the area.
The cause of death is believed to be drowning but an autopsy will be conducted, Mayberry said. The body was recovered at 9:45 a.m.
A Cook County Forest Preserve watchman triggered the search after he was unable to locate a friend who also is a forest preserve employee after the friend went fishing at Bergman Slough near Palos Park, Mayberry said.
The watchman last saw his friend about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday when the friend went fishing on the slough, Mayberry said. The watchman saw his friend's car was still near the slough about 10:30 p.m., was unable to locate or reach him, so he called Forest Preserve Police and a search was begun, Mayberry said, correcting earlier information about what triggered the search.
At about 4:30 a.m. today, Forest Preserve police found a small blue boat that the employee had been using on the slough, Mayberry said.
Palos Fire Protection District crews were called to the area near 113th and Ford Road about 7 a.m., said Fire District Asst. Chief Robert Knez. The location is near the Bergman Slough in Palos Township.
Divers from the fire protection district are getting assistance from other communities, authorities said.
Mayberry said officials were uncertain if the employee actually is missing, but the search will continue through the morning.
(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)
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