M.E. confirms body found in lake is missing Austin Hudson-Lapore - FOX 32 News Chicago

Medical examiner confirms body found in lake is Austin Hudson-Lapore

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A body found in the water off the 39th street beach Wednesday morning has been positively identified as missing University of Chicago student Austin Hudson-Lapore.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office confirmed his identity Wednesday afternoon.

About 6:25 a.m. Wednesday, police were notified that a body was seen in the waters of Lake Michigan near the 3900 block of South Lake Shore Drive, police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada said.

Hudson-Lapore was identified by family members a few minutes after noon, a spokesman for the medical examiner's office said.

The U of C student went missing from the Hyde Park campus last week. Hudson-Lapore, 20, was last seen June 12 leaving his apartment in the 5300 block of South Kimbark.

Austin's family released this statement to FOX 32 News:

"We are deeply saddened by the news today that third-year University of Chicago student Austin Hudson-Lapore has died and was found this morning in Lake Michigan.  Austin had been missing since June 12, the night of a storm in the Chicago area. Although it is too early for authorities to determine a cause of death, evidence suggests that his fascination with weather led him to walk to the lakefront to watch the storm. Austin was a bright, promising student who was active on campus, had a great love for the outdoors, and was very engaged in the Shorey House community. The University community sends our deepest sympathy and condolences to Austin's family and his friends here at the University and across the country. We will have more information soon about a memorial service to honor Austin's life."

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