As police searched Lake Forest Beach they noticed clothing near the shore which suggested the woman could be in the water.
The body of a 44-year-old Lake Forest woman believed to be missing was pulled from Lake Michigan Sunday.
Lake Forest police confirmed the woman's death, but withheld her name pending family notification.
A search was launched around 3:30 a.m. when the woman's husband flagged down a police officer patroling the beach, according to Lake Forest Police Chief James Held.
The husband told police he woke up and discovered his wife was missing from their Lake Forest home, Held said. His search led him to Lake Forest Beach where he found her car abandoned, said Held.
As police searched the area they noticed clothing near the shore which suggested the woman could be in the water.
"It was like a ladies beach sarong, so we showed a picture of it to the husband and he said
it looks like something my wife owns," Held said. "But again, it wasn't a positive thing."
A Coast Guard helicopter spotted the body in the water about 10:15 a.m. and the Lake Forest Fire Department recovered the body from the water, Coast Guard Petty Officer Luis Lynch said.
An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday.