Physique present in Waukegan recognized as teen who drowned making an attempt to avoid wasting one other

Authorities within the north suburbs have recognized a physique present in Waukegan Harbor as a teenage boy who drowned whereas making an attempt to avoid wasting his good friend who fell in Lake Michigan.

The physique of Matthew “Mateo” Garcia, 16, was recovered on the lakefront virtually 4 months after he went lacking there on Jan. 18, Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper mentioned.

Somebody spotted Garcia’s body within the water on April 11, the Lake County sheriff’s workplace mentioned.

Garcia’s mom, Susan Medina, mentioned her son jumped into the water to avoid wasting his good friend who fell from a pier at Waukegan Municipal Seashore.

The good friend was pulled from the water, however Garcia remained lacking, Medina mentioned.

Police and hearth crews spent the subsequent three months looking out the waters for Garcia. The Waukegan Hearth Division called off the search on March 26 after looking out the seaside with sonar.

“My son was a contented and caring younger man,” Medina wrote on-line. She is asking for donations to create a scholarship for teenagers in honor of Garcia.

A preliminary post-mortem discovered that Garcia, of Grayslake, died of drowning, Cooper mentioned.

“We’ve got been in shut contact with Matthew’s household and our deepest condolences exit to them throughout this tough time. That is really an terrible tragedy,” Cooper mentioned.

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