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Body Found In Lincoln Park Lagoon May Be Elgin Woman

By Ted Cox | October 30, 2017 1:03pm | Updated on October 30, 2017 3:59pm
 A body found in a pair of duffel bags in Lincoln Park Lagoon has been determined to be that of a white woman.
A body found in a pair of duffel bags in Lincoln Park Lagoon has been determined to be that of a white woman.
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LINCOLN PARK — A body found in the Lincoln Park lagoon over the weekend has been identified as that of a white woman, but with little additional information immediately available.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Monday afternoon that it was checking DNA against that of a missing Elgin woman, but otherwise reported, "At this time, the deceased remains unidentified," according to spokeswoman Becky Schlikerman.

A fisherman reported finding human remains in a duffel bag in the lagoon waters about 11 a.m. Saturday just south of Fullerton Parkway near 2200 N. Stockton Drive, the parking lot to Lincoln Park Zoo. Police divers and detectives found another duffel bag with remains nearby, believed to be from the same body.

The medical examiner reported Monday that the single body had been identified as that of a white woman, but with no other information immediately available.

Following an autopsy on Sunday, the office later reported, "The cause and manner of death is pending further studies and the investigation."

According to Schlikerman, "The remains found include the torso and parts of two legs. The deceased appears to be a white woman. She has a scar on her back, due to previous back surgery."

NBC5 reported that Chicago officials were working with Elgin police to determine if the body belonged to 76-year-old Gail Peck, who has been missing since Friday.

"The medical examiner’s office is working with police to try to identify her," Schlikerman said.

Chicago Police, however, reported Monday there were "no updates" and "the "investigation is ongoing."