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Body found in Sanitary and Ship Canal near area where boat sank on Wednesday identified

Authorities have not confirmed whether it’s the remains of one of the four men who were aboard the 26-foot boat that sank near Pulaski Road.

Police recover a boat from the Sanitary and Shipping Canal
Police recover a boat from the Sanitary and Shipping Canal, where authorities searched for four people presumed to be on the vessel when it sank
Chicago police

A body was found floating in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal Saturday afternoon in the same the Southwest Side area where a recreational boat sank Wednesday, leaving at least two people dead and two people missing.

The body was spotted about 2:15 p.m. near the 3800 block of South Pulaski Road, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

Authorities have not confirmed whether it’s the remains of one of the four men who were aboard the 26-foot boat that sank early Wednesday in the same area.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified the remains as 40-year-old Raul Cezares of Brighton Park. An autopsy is pending.

Another body, a male in his 20s, was pulled from near that location on Friday. His identity has not been released.

The first person to be recovered, Elmer Jimenez, 32, was found floating in the river Wednesday in suburban Forest View, about four miles downstream.

The Chicago police Marine Unit pulled the empty boat from the canal Wednesday morning. According to Illinois Conservation Police Sgt. Joshua Mooi, the boat likely sank after crashing into a barge or bridge.

Police could not immediately provide more details Saturday.