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Body of Chicago man missing in Lake Michigan since May 31 recovered

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The body of a Chicago man missing in the waters of Lake Michigan for nearly a month, was recovered in Beverly Shores on Thursday evening, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said.

Rod Wood Jr., 29, disappeared on Saturday, May 31, after he entered the water from a boat floating off Mt. Baldy, in an attempt to rescue two women who had drifted away from the boat.

According to the DNR, at 7:15 p.m. Thursday a boater and member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary located Wood’s body floating approximately a mile off shore, on the far west border of Central Beach. DNR conservation officers subsequently recovered the body after it floated to shore.

The Porter County Coroner’s Office and the DNR are investigating Wood’s death.

At 6 p.m. May 31, Wood and several others were drifting in a 33-foot Searay motorboat, north of Mt. Baldy, when two of their party decided to go swimming but began floating away from the boat. Woods and several others went into the water themselves to rescue the two, at which point the boat itself started drifting, until it was several hundred feet away from the rescuers.

The sole passenger still on the boat was unable to start the engines and called 911.

Nearby boaters subsequently rescued two of the swimmers. Then the U.S. Coast Guard rescued two more. But Wood was discovered to be missing.

Searchers, including the Porter and Chesterton dive teams, were unable to locate Wood.


Posted 6/27/2014