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1 dead, 3 missing after boat sinks in Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal

Investigators with state police believe the man may have been a casualty of a sunken boat found four miles upstream, state police said. 

A sunken boat was recovered June 26, 2019, in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal near Pulaski Road.
The Chicago Police Marine Unit assisted in investigating a sunken ship in the Chicago River near Pulaski Road, June 26, 2019.
Chicago Police Department

A body was recovered several miles downstream Wednesday after a boat sunk in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal.

Chicago police responded Wednesday to a boat crash near Pulaski Road in the canal, the Chicago Police Department said in a statement.

The 26-foot recreational craft that was carrying four people crashed sometime between midnight and 5 a.m., Illinois Conservation Police Sgt. Joshua Mooi said.

Crews recovered the boat but none of the missing boaters were initially located, Mooi said.

Later in the day, state police found the body of 32-year-old Elmer Jimenez floating in the river about 11:30 a.m. in the 5700 block of West 47th street in suburban Forest View, Illinois State Police said.

Investigators with state police believe Jimenez may have been a casualty of the sunken boat found four miles upstream, state police said.

Jimenez lived in East Chicago, Indiana, state police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t released details on his death.

Sgt. Mooi said crews are planning to resume the search for the missing boaters before noon Thursday.

Illinois State Police are conducting a death investigation.