Sunday, November 16, 2008

Another Body Found At Montrose Harbor

Update: Sadly, the body was ID'd Monday as that of the Northwestern student, Trevor Boehm, who'd been missing for a week. Read about it here.


Too, too sad. On the morning of Zhya Jacobs's funeral (information on services here), another body was found in Lake Michigan.

From the Tribune: "A body was pulled from Lake Michigan this morning on the North Side. The body of a man was spotted in the lake just before 7:30 a.m. in the 4500 block of North Simonds Drive near Montrose Harbor, police said. The man was removed from the water and was being taken to the Stein Institute. He has not been unidentified and it was not known how he ended up in the water."


  1. As a neighbor of Zhya's I made him a memorial page on my website including the services & other information on connecting with family & friends of Zhya's.
    As someone with a Montrose Harbor view it is always extremely disturbing to see multiple emergency departments at waters edge, last week and now today. The Northwestern student whos belongings were apparently found near the shoreline is also STILL MISSING!

  2. The Trib is saying the body is that of a white man in his 20s. It makes me wonder if this is the Northwestern student.

  3. I was down at the dog beach this morning and they had the bodybag on the rocks. I guess waiting for the body to be picked up. It didn't hit me that it was a bodybag until I noticed all the cops. Very sad. I hope it is not the NW student. That would really be sad for such a young man with what seems to be a promising future. However, whoever it is godspeed.

  4. I just received this email from Northwestern University:

    The Northwestern University Police Department was notified today (Nov. 16) that the body of a man
    was found early today in Lake Michigan near Montrose Harbor in Chicago. The body may be that of a
    missing Northwestern University student, Trevor J. Boehm, but no positive identification has been
    made at this time. Northwestern has been informed that the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office is
    expected to begin the process of making a formal identification on Monday afternoon.

    Northwestern University Police are assisting the Chicago Police Department in the investigation.

    Trevor, 20, a first-year student in the School of Communication from Monument, Col., had been
    reported missing last Sunday (Nov. 9). On Thursday (Nov.13), his jacket, which contained his
    Northwestern identification card, keys, and cell phone, was found among the rocks on the shore of
    Lake Michigan on Northwestern’s Evanston campus. A search of the lake was conducted Thursday and
    Friday by police and Coast Guard officers, but found nothing.

    University officials continue to be in contact with Trevor’s family and our thoughts are with them
    at this time. A vigil will be held at 8 p.m. Monday in Alice Millar Chapel to honor Trevor and to
    provide an opportunity for the campus community to comfort one another.


  5. Is the smiley face killer back?

    Brian Welzien was in Chicago celebrating with friends on New Year's Eve 1999. He disappeared early New Year's Day and his body was discovered two-and-a-half months later on a Lake Michigan beach near Gary, Ind.

    His death was ruled a drowning, but two former New York City detectives believe Welzien is one of 40 young men in 11 states murdered by a serial killer or killers who often leave smiley faces behind as a marking.

  6. The thing about seriel killers is that the police will never say that is what is happening. It is a bad mark on any police department to have a seriel killer in their midst that they cannot stop. I pray this was just a case of someone slipping into the water, however, this seems to happen a lot in the city of late.

  7. Wow I go there fishing all the time. I guess there more then fish to catch now a days...What a shame that this happens so often.....