Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives Investigating Two Bodies Recovered from Lake Michigan Near Waukegan Harbor, Lake Forest Shoreline

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two adult bodies recovered from Lake Michigan on Sunday, August 15, 2021. The body of an adult woman was recovered by the United States Coast Guard just after 3:00 p.m., after a fisherman witnessed a body floating in the water approximately three miles southeast of the Waukegan Harbor.




A short time later, at approximately 4:30 p.m., a United States Coast Guard helicopter was conducting a training exercise approximately three miles east of the Lake Forest shoreline, when the crew spotted the body of an adult male floating in the water. The Coast Guard subsequently recovered the body.

It appears the woman is between the ages of 18-40. She is African American, approximately 5 feet, 4 inches, and 150-170 pounds. Her fingernails and toenails were painted. She was wearing a summer dress. Based on preliminary information, it appears she was in the water for no more than two weeks. Lake County Sheriff’s detectives are still working to identify her.




Lake County Sheriff’s detectives are currently working with Chicago Police Department to determine if the man was an individual who went missing in Lake Michigan on August 8, 2021. The man is Hispanic, approximately 5 feet 6 inches and 180 pounds.

Citizens with any information about the possible identity of the female, please call Lake County Sheriff’s Detectives at 847-377-4000.

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Lake Michigan fromo Waukegan to Lake Forest (SOURCE: Map data ©2021 Google)
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