Family members who came to Chicago from New Mexico in search of their missing son had their worst nightmare come true as a body pulled from Lake Michigan is that of a University of Chicago student.
A man fishing spotted the body around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday at 39th and Lake Shore Drive.
Relatives identified the victim as 21-year-old Austin Hudson-Lapore. He disappeared last Wednesday night, possibly to watch the storms move through Chicago along the lakefront.
The young man’s father Gregg Lapore declined to talk with reporters.
The victim had just completed his third year as a biochemistry student and planned to work at a lab on campus during the summer.
“Austin was a bright, promising student who was active on campus, had a great love for the outdoors, and was very engaged in the Shorey House community,” said Karen Warren Coleman, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services at U of C, in a statement. ”The University community sends our deepest sympathy and condolences to Austin’s family and his friends here at the University and across the country. We will have more information soon about a memorial service to honor Austin’s life.”