(CHICAGO) — A body found in Lake Michigan has been identified as missing Chicago student Austin LaPore, investigators said.
“The family of Austin Hudson LaPore positively identified his body earlier today,” an official with the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office told ABC News.
Authorities pulled the body of LaPore, 20, out of Lake Michigan Wednesday morning after he went missing one week ago, ABC News Chicago station WLS-TV reported.
Police will conduct an autopsy Thursday to determine the cause of death, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Eddie Hudson, a fisherman, found LaPore’s body and called the police.
The discovery came a day after a K-9 team determined that LaPore had spent a significant amount of time on the coast of Lake Michigan last Wednesday night, when severe storms created powerful winds and wave action that could have pulled him in, according to an update to a LaPore family website, www.findaustinhudson.com.
LaPore was last seen Wednesday night when he left his Hyde Park apartment to watch unusually strong weather over Lake Michigan.
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Brianna Owczarzak and Rachel McCrary, CNN
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