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A boat carrying members of Ottawa River Rescue, Ottawa Police Department and the La Salle County Coroner’s Office returns on Saturday afternoon to a boat launch along the north bank of the Illinois River in Ottawa. Ottawa River Rescue located the body of Chris Strobel, 36, of Ottawa, who had been missing since last Saturday. NewsTribune photo/Matthew Baker
OTTAWA — The week-long search for a missing Ottawa man has come to an end. Ottawa police confirmed Saturday afternoon that they had located the body of Chris Strobel, 36, on the northern bank of the Illinois River about a mile west of a train trestle bridge downstream of downtown Ottawa. Strobel’s body was found during a search of the river by Ottawa River Rescue shortly before 10 a.m. They were joined by Ottawa police and the La Salle County Coroner’s Office, said Ottawa Police detective sergeant Dave Gualandri. It is unknown how Strobel’s body ended up along the river. “We’ll continue our investigation because we still want to answer some questions,” Gualandri said. This morning, police chief Brian Zeilmann said there is no evidence Strobel had been attempting to cross the river on the trestle bridge, as some rumors indicated. Police received an unconfirmed report from a woman who believes she saw Strobel walking onto Veterans Memorial Bridge, Zeilmann said. Strobel, a married father of two, was last seen at about 2 a.m. Saturday, April 28 in the 600 block of Clinton Street, downtown Ottawa. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday in Will County. The death remains under investigation and the La Salle County Coroner’s Office had no additional information at press time today.