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Body of missing Grayslake swimmer recovered

Updated: June 19, 2012 8:52PM

The body of a man who went missing Monday night in Gages Lake in unincorporated Grayslake has been recovered.

Emergency officials were notified of the missing man at 9:30 p.m. when a swimmer said he was looking for a friend who was still in the lake, according to Lake County Sheriff’s office Sgt. Karen Kates.

Because the swimmer ran away, authorities began searching but couldn’t definitively say whether anyone was actually missing, according to a release from the Lake County Sheriff’s office. Dive crews searched for the man until about 12:30 a.m., and a family member reported the 44-year-old man missing soon after.

Authorities resumed searching about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, and located the man who had been swimming with the missing boater, the release said.

The swimmer told authorities that he and his friend had been on a pontoon boat when they decided to swim and the boat drifted away, Kates said. The swimmer pointed out the last known location of the boat was in an area of the lake about 40 feet deep.

Divers with sonar equipment found the man’s body at 3:18 p.m., and he was identified as the missing 44-year-old, the release said. His identity was not being released pending notification of family members.

The Lake County Sheriff’s office’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating.

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