April 29, 2017
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‘Badly decomposed’ body found in lake

Bystanders find remains near North Pier


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BY DANIEL GAITAN
dgaitan@kenoshanews.com


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A “badly decomposed” body of a man was pulled from Lake Michigan near North Pier Monday afternoon.

The name, age and race of the man remained unknown Monday night.

Swimmers on the east end of the pier called 911 after seeing the body floating in the water about 4:30 p.m. The pier, popular with young people and swimmers, was quickly evacuated. The Kenosha and Pleasant Prairie fire departments, with assistance from the Coast Guard, fished the body out of the water about a half-hour later.

“Bystanders reported seeing a body in the water,” said Kenosha Fire Department Capt. Matthew Matoska. “We confirmed that it was a badly decomposed body, maybe unidentifiable at this point.”

Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter said the body was taken to the Coast Guard station so a medical examiner could evaluate it.

He said it was likely a single-victim incident, and it is not yet clear how long the body was in the water.

Tiffany Mohr, of Kenosha, brought her young children and their friends to the pier so they could swim. Their visit was cut short.

“We were in the water, heard all the sirens, and we heard a couple people say that somebody found a dead body at the end of the pier,” Mohr said. “I’m not going to take them out there.”

The incident drew dozens of Kenosha police officers who quickly closed off the area. Crowds gathered on the shore across the way to snap photos and catch a glimpse of the body.

Latest body found

This is the latest in a string of bodies found in Kenosha County over the past few weeks.

Another badly decomposed man’s body was found in a parked vehicle Sunday morning in the 1800 block of 52nd Street. It may have been there for days. It has not yet been identified.

On Memorial Day morning, the body of Brian Jurkowski, 51, of Kenosha, was pulled from the Pike River, after someone reported a body in the water. His body was found across from Carthage College in the 1800 block of Alford Park Drive. His cause of death remains unknown.

On May 29, a body was discovered along the shoreline of Lilly Lake in Wheatland. It appears to be that of a man reported missing earlier that month, Richard Warnke Sr., who lived close to the Lily Lake Resort.

On May 19, the burned body of Steven Kortright, 39, of Kenosha, was found on Simmons Island. His body was found in a wooded area between Kennedy Drive and Lake Michigan. Police have not yet released the findings of an investigation that followed.

A land surveyor found a human skeleton on April 5 in the 5300 block of 122nd Avenue. The Kenosha Police Department said the human remains discovered near Interstate 94 and the West Frontage Road would be sent to the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas in Fort Worth, Texas.


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