Identities Released for Drowning Victims in DuPage River Near I-55 and Jefferson St in Will County — Plainfield Woman and Palatine Man

RIVERS NEAR DAMS ARE ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO ESCAPE FROM DROWNING
Crews searched the DuPage River at Hammel Woods in Shorewood after two people went into the water.

Troy FPD firefighters, divers and Will County Sheriff’s deputies initially responded to the the dam just west of I-55 and just north of Jefferson Street about 6:00 p.m. Sunday March 31, 2019 after witnesses called 9-1-1 to report a man went into the water and a woman went in after him.

A recovery effort resumed Monday morning April 1, 2019 in the DuPage River just west of I-55 after two people went into the river near a dam in the Hammel Woods Forest Preserve Sunday March 31, 2019 about 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday April 2, 2019, authorities said the bodies of a 28-year-old Palatine man and his 22-year-old girlfriend were recovered from the DuPage River in Will County.

The identities of the victims, Abraham Ramos of Palatine and Hannah Tammeling of Plainfield, were also released Tuesday. Will County coroner officials said in a news release that initial results show the man and woman died as a result of drowning.

Both victims were pronounced dead April 1, 2019 after their bodies were recovered in the river.


Cindy Cain, public information officer of the Will County Forest Preserve Police, said witnesses called police at about 5:50 p.m. Sunday March 31, 2019 after seeing Ramos struggling in the river near a dam in the Hammel Woods Forest Preserve. Tammeling went in the water to assist Ramos, Cain said.

Both Cindy Cain and Troy Fire Department Chief Andy Doyle said it is unknown why Ramos went in the water. She said the area is not safe for swimming and signs are posted warning people to stay out of the water. The area near the dam is especially dangerous.

Rescue workers from more than 30 fire agencies with 100 rescue personnel and 5 police agencies searched the river until roughly 9 p.m. Sunday night but did not locate the victims. The search resumed Monday morning. On Monday for the body recoveries, about 10 fire agencies with 50 fire and rescue personnel and three law enforcement agencies were working at the scene.

Ramos’s body was recovered late Monday morning, and Tammeling’s body was recovered at about 2:00 p.m.

Cain said Ramos and Tammeling were in a relationship, and that family members told police they would frequently walk through forest preserves together.

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