Body Pulled From Water at Oak Street Beach ID'd as Missing 21-Year-Old Polish Businessman: Family

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The body of a 21-year-old man found unresponsive early Wednesday in Lake Michigan at Oak Street Beach has been identified as Krzysztof Szubert, a Polish businessman who had been working in Chicago since November and had recently gone missing, his family and officials have confirmed to NBC 5.

According to officials, Szubert was last seen at approximately 9:45 p.m. Saturday during a holiday party at the River North bar Howl at the Moon.

‘I saw him standing there, then the next moment he wasn’t there,” friend Michal Wojasinski told NBC 5. “Nobody saw him leaving. The next day, on Sunday, I went to his room and knocked on door – it was empty – he was not there.”

Authorities say around 1:55 a.m., Wednesday, police responded to a call about a 21-year-old man who was found unresponsive in the water near the 1000 block of North DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

The man was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

While officials have not released a cause of death, detectives have referred to the incident as a death investigation rather than a drowning.

This story has been updated to reflect Szubert was initially identified to NBC 5 by his family. The Cook County Medical Examiner later confirmed this information.

A spokesperson for Howl at the Moon offered the following statement to NBC 5:

"We at Howl at the Moon are saddened by what happened to the young man and our deepest condolences go out to his family."  

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