Body found off Lake Forest beach one of 2 apparent Lake drownings

Tribune reporter

A body believed to be a missing 44-year-old Lake Forest woman was pulled from the waters of Lake Michigan off the coast of a beach in the north suburban village this morning.

It was the second apparent drowning in Lake County in as many days.

Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey confirmed the woman's death but said her name was being withheld pending family notification. Yancey said an autopsy is scheduled for Monday afternoon.

At about 3:15 a.m., the woman's husband called police to report her missing after he could not find her at their Lake Forest home and then found her car, unoccupied, at Forest Park beach in the 700 block of North Forest Drive, according to a statement from Lake Forest police.

Emergency crews combed the park, beach and shoreline using night vision equipment. The 44-year-old woman's car and home were also searched, the statement said. Items of her clothing were found on the shoreline.

About 20 other local agencies joined in the effort with boats and divers and the search ended about 10:15 a.m. when someone aboard a Coast Guard helicopter spotted a woman's body floating in the water about two miles east of the beach, the statement said.

About 5:50 a.m., U.S. Coast Guard officials received a report about the missing woman and began looking for her, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Luis Lynch.

Yancy confirmed that an earlier apparent drowning had occurred Saturday night at Homer White Lake in Antioch.

Daniel Villalobos-Barajas, 19, of the 1600 block of Vista Lake Drive in Antioch, was pronounced dead on the scene at 10:15 p.m., Yancey said.

An autopsy will be performed Monday morning for Villalobos-Barajas, who lived a short distance from the lake.

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