The Chicago Fire Department pulled a woman’s body from the North Branch of the Chicago River Saturday morning.
According to CFD Chief Joe Roccasalva, a passerby called 911 after seeing the remains floating in the river near 2750 W. Irving Park Rd. in the Horner Park neighborhood. Crews arrived at the scene around 10 am and recovered the remains. Officials would not confirm whether the body is a male or female, but did say it appears to be a woman.
Roccasalva said he did not know how long the body had been in the water, but Police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said that extreme temperatures may have caused the body to become frozen.
The investigation has been taken over by the Chicago Police Department and the Cook County medical examiner’s officer. An autopsy will be conducted to determine whether the cause of death is criminal or a suicide, officials said.
This isn’t the first time a body has been found floating in the Chicago River. In November 2009, a body that was believed to be Chicago Public Schools Board President Michael Scott was found in the river. Scott’s family reported him missing earlier in the day, and his car was found near where the body was discovered. Two years later, more details emerged about Scott’s death, which was quickly ruled a suicide.
A similar incident took place in Boston in 2012. The body of a graduate student was found chained to a cement block at the bottom of the Charles River, just one day after the body of a 62-year-old man was found near the Boston University boathouse. Police are still unsure of what happened to the student, 23-year-old Jonathan Dailey.