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Friends Find Body of Drowned Man in Chicago River

The body of a man who fell into the Chicago River early this week was found Friday afternoon by a group of his friends, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The group spotted Alberto Lopez’s remains near Damen in the South Branch of the Chicago River after Chicago Police had searched for four days, the Sun-Times is reporting. They called police to retrieve the body.

The body was recovered near where the river enters the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, according to police. Lopez fell in the river near Ashland on Monday, prompting a rescue attempt that claimed the life of Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio.

Bucio was part of the CFD dive team that responded to search for Lopez, but he was soon separated from his partner. He died at Stroger Hospital, with autopsy results pending. Visitation for the 15-year CFD veteran is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in the chapel of St. Rita of Cascia High School, 7740 S. Western Ave.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Saturday that the recovered body was 29-year-old Alberto Lopez. He lived in the West Lawn neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Lopez’s body was the second recovered from the river on Friday, after that of another man was found in the North Branch near Lincoln Park about 7:30 a.m.

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