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Police Discover Body in River Near Where Boater Disappeared

Chicago police are investigating after a body was recovered from the south branch of the Chicago River on Friday afternoon.

The body was found in the 2200 block of West 29th Street, police said. A man was found in the river just after 1 p.m., and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The location is just blocks away from the site where 28-year-old Alberto Lopez went missing after falling off a boat in the Chicago River on Monday night.

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Lopez's friends rented a boat Friday because they weren't satisfied with search efforts. The friends told the Sun-Times they found the body, which has not been identified by authorities, and said it is Lopez.

Earlier Friday, another body had been found in the 1900 block of North Clifton Avenue, but authorities do not believe that it was Lopez. That body has yet to be identified by authorities.

While authorities were searching for Lopez on Monday, firefighter Juan Bucio, 46, was among the first responders called to the scene.

Fire officials said Bucio was searching for Lopez in the water when he disappeared. At one point, Bucio lost communication with his dive partner during the rescue attempt, officials said.

Bucio was later pulled from the water and rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead on Monday night. 

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