The Cook County Medical Examiners Office reported Saturday, August 5, 2023 that the water recovery incident at Lake Arlington involved the death of a 51 year-old man from Wheeling, Illinois. The manner of death was ruled a suicide caused by drowning.
Police, firefighters, divers and paramedics from Arlington Heights responded about 9:22 a.m. Friday, August 4, 2023 to a report that personal belongings were found near the beach and dock by the Lake Arlington Boat House, 1400 East Valley Lane in Arlington Heights. Suspecting the worst case scenario, a dive operation was activated and firefighters and divers from neighboring fire departments were requested to assist Arlington Heights Fire Department personnel to search and possibly locate a body for an underwater recovery in Lake Arlington.
Police were also searching for a male adult that was reported missing.
Three fire department divers located a body near the boat dock area just east of the boat house at about 11:15 a.m., and immediately removed the body from the water. The body was transferred to shore by about 11:30 a.m. and turned over to the custody of the Arlington Heights Police Department.
Arlington Heights Police Department is investigating that the death may have been a suicide, but are ruling out any other possibilities with a thorough investigation.
Wheeling police were also on scene assisting with the investigation as the victim was possibly a resident of Wheeling.
An airborne drone was used while divers were in the water. SONAR equipment was also on the scene.
The information in this article is an early report published before any summary information was confirmed or released by police or fire authorities.
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