Updated: February 2, 2011 10:51PM
Police searched Lake Michigan for a person for nearly five hours early Wednesday before spotting a hat near Diversey Harbor that led them to a body. Authorities identified the man as Peter Davis, 60, of the 2300 block of N. Lincoln Park West.
Davis was dead on the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.
Police received a call about 11:45 p.m. reporting a person possibly fell into Lake Michigan near Diversey Harbor, police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez said.
The police Marine Unit did not have a specific location and searched the water until one them spotted a hat floating near a dock about 4:30 a.m., Perez said. Divers then dove into the water and pulled out Davis’ body.
The circumstances of how Davis wound up in the water were unknown as of Wednesday morning, Perez said. A Town Hall District police lieutenant said the man may have fallen into the water after becoming disoriented.
Initially, there was a report that another person may have been in the water, the lieutenant said. No other bodies were found.
Belmont Area detectives are investigating.