Body of Missing Teen Girl Found

Body of 15-year-old Lexie Adu was recovered Friday on Loyola Beach in Roger's Park after a nearly 13-hour search

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    Frank Adu grieves for the loss of his daughter Lexie (inset) who was on the beach the day before. The inset photo is the last one of her before she was pulled into Lake Michigan by a strong current.

    The body of a 15-year-old girl who was swept out into the waters of Lake Michigan was found Friday on Loyola Beach in Roger's Park after a nearly 13-hour search.

    Rescue teams found Lexie Adu against the east end of a breakwall on the beach.

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    Her father, Frank, broke down in tears when he saw the girl's body. He was taken to an ambulance by rescue workers. Earlier Friday he said that his daughter's career aspirations were cut short by the tragedy.

    "She wanted to be a doctor," Frank Adu said of his daughter Lexie as divers resumed their search early Friday. "She was the first person I've ever seen who wanted to be a doctor, not just for the money."

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    He said he moved his family back to Ghana a few years ago, but his daughter had begged him to move back to the U.S.

    "If you want me to be a doctor, take me back to the U.S," Adu said.

    Adu was with two friends Thursday when they were taken by a strong current. The other two girls were rescued. One teen girl was taken to a Saint Francis Hospital. Another remained on the beach while divers began their search.

    The search ended late Thursday evening, but a low-flying Coast Guard helicopter joined divers early Friday morning.