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6/25/2014 3:03:00 PM
Two deaths on Illinois River investigated

About 24 hours after the body of a man who drowned near Marseilles was found, the body of a Wheaton woman who was involved in a fatal accident was found on the Illinois River between Morris and Seneca near Grist Island Head.

Emily Anne Hendricks, 24, was pronounced dead at 12:35 p.m. Wednesday by Grundy County Chief Deputy Coroner Christina Hintze-Symoniak.

The Grundy County Coroner’s Office along with IL DNR is investigating the death. Examination was scheduled for Wednesday. Several area departments have assisted in the water recovery.

Naperville man's body found 9 miles from where he disappeared
After a third day of searching by Illinois Conservation Police, local firefighters and Ottawa River Rescue, the body of a Naperville man finally was recovered Tuesday in Ottawa, nine miles from where he had gone missing in the Illinois River near Illini State Park, Marseilles.

Conservation police say at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Alberto Rodriguez Jr., 35, “entered the water from an anchored boat to cool off. Rodriguez was then swept downriver by the swift current.”

Ottawa River Rescue, IDNR, Marseilles Fire Department, Seneca Fire Department and Reading Township Fire Department conducted an extensive search of the river from the time of the incident.

Rodriguez’s body was found Tuesday in the Illinois River just west of Allen Park, Ottawa. He was pronounced dead at 12:05 p.m.

Illinois Conservation Police Sgt. Robert Frazier said he doesn’t believe people understand the power of a large volume of water in rivers and streams during high-water conditions.

“The current’s very strong. It’s running about 6 miles an hour,” Frazier said.

The incident is under investigation by the Conservation police and the La Salle County Coroner’s Office.

An autopsy was scheduled for today.

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