Man suspected of shoplifting falls into Illinois River, dies

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EAST PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a central Illinois man suspected of shoplifting died after he fell into the Illinois River while apparently trying to hide near a U.S. Coast Guard station.

Fon du Lac Park District Police Chief Michael Johnson said Saturday the man died Friday after it appears he scaled a fence and tumbled down an embankment into the river in East Peoria.

The Journal Star reports the Tazewell County coroner says the man was a 31-year-old Peoria resident and an autopsy is set for Monday.

Johnson says the man was suspected of shoplifting from a nearby Walmart store, and he apparently fell into the river while trying to hide.

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