Officials seek family of Harvey man who died after jumping into Chicago River

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A 43-year-old south suburban man, who died after jumping into the North Branch of the Chicago River on the Near North Side in late May, has been identified, though officials still cannot find his family.

Linzey Woods was pulled from the river on May 31 and taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:43 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

About an hour earlier, witnesses saw himjump into the water in the 1200 block of West North Avenue, according to Chicago Fire Department Cmdr. Frank Velez.

A helicopter and thefire department Dive Team were deployed, and divers found him in about 18 feet of water with “minimum visibility,” Velez said.

“We were able to pinpoint exactly where he jumped because of the bystanders,” Velez said.

An autopsy showed Woods drowned, and his death was ruled a suicide.

The medical examiner’s office has not previously released his name because they have been unable to locate next of kin for Woods, who lived in the 0-100 block of West 155th Street in Harvey.

His name was released in the hopes that his familywill come forward.

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