Missing 18-year-old woman found dead in DuPage River


DuPAGE COUNTY, Ill. – An autopsy confirmed a body pulled out of the DuPage River Wednesday is an 18-year-old woman who went missing earlier in the month.

The body was found by two officers searching the river by kayak at Blackwell Forest Preserve. The site is about 5.5 miles south of Winfield Mounds.

The woman has been identified as 18-year-old Anna Dejong.

At around 6 p.m. on May 15, crews were dispatched to the west branch of the river, located in Winfield Mounds Forest Preserve, for a person in the water.

Dejong, who had autism, was swept away in high waters.

Most of the trails are flooded due to the heavy rains in the area. Dejong was with two dogs, officials said.

An individual witnessed the situation and tried to assist, but was not able to pull her out.

“Hopefully we can bring some closure to the family at this tragic time,” said Forest Preserve District Police Chief David Pederson. “We are very appreciative for all the help we have received from the numerous agencies and volunteers who assisted in this exhaustive search.”


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