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Body Of Woman Missing Since February Found In Lake Michigan

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Apr 26, 2016 10:14PM

Authorities say they have found the body of 21-year-old Jessica Suarez, a woman who has been missing since she went jogging on the lakefront last February.

Police pulled a body from Lake Michigan near Navy Pier Saturday afternoon that has been identified as Suarez, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office told CBS2. The cause and manner of her death are still under investigation.

Family members have been pushing police officers to find Suarez since she drove to the lakefront path and disappeared after going for a jog there on Feb. 5. Suarez, 21, was a physical therapy major at Harold Washington College and a graduate of Lane Tech High School. Her car was found parked at 5100 N. Simmons Dr.

Family members who held a meeting calling for more public support earlier this month told reporters that they believed she was still alive, and were skeptical of suggestions that she may have fallen in the water due to high winds.

"I want my sister Jessica to be back, and Jessica, if you are watching, this because I know Jessica you are alive," Suarez said. "I know people have different stories that maybe she fell in the water. I can feel it in my heart that she's not in the water. I know she's alive."