Body found near Lake Michigan identified as missing swimmer

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Officials say a person found dead along the Lake Michigan shoreline north of Chicago is a woman who disappeared while swimming with a group of people in treacherous waters last week.

The Lake County coroner’s office said Tuesday that the body has been identified as that of 52-year-old Lena Lemesh. She was from the Chicago suburb of Elgin.

Her body was found Saturday in Highland Park, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of downtown Chicago. Coroner Howard Cooper says preliminary autopsy results show she died from drowning.

Highland Park officials say Lemesh was among about 10 people in a “cold weather swim group” who went into the lake on Nov. 4 despite high waves and strong winds.

Another man, 46-year-old Stanislaw Wlosek Jr., also died. He was pulled from the water but later pronounced dead at a hospital.

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