SHOREWOOD, Ill. — The bodies of a couple who went missing Sunday night in the DuPage River near a dam in the Hammel Woods forest preserve were recovered Monday.
Crews found the body of the 28-year-old man about 10 a.m. Monday, while the body of the 22-year-old woman was spotted by a passerby near the shore Monday afternoon.
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First responders were called to the area near the dam around 6 p.m. Sunday after bystanders said the man went into the water and his girlfriend went in after him. The couple had been walking on a trail near the river.
A Will County Sheriff’s deputy arriving on the scene saw the two victims and attempted to reach them, but was unable due to the strength of the current, Troy Fire Department Chief Andy Doyle said during a news conference Tuesday.
“The current in the river is running pretty swiftly right now, due to the large amount of rain we’ve had,” Doyle said.
After calling for a three-alarm rescue effort, police and firefighters spent hours trying to find the two victims.
Doyle said they’ve identified the victims, who are both from the Chicago metro area, but will not release their information until their family members arrive in the area.
According to Doyle, about 10 fire agencies with 50 personnel, and three law enforcement agencies with 15 people were involved in the search, as well as fixed wing aircraft and drones from Illinois State Police.
Doyle said the last drowning in the area was around Father’s Day in 2013.