Officers watch Man enter Water, Body recovered in Joliet

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JOLIET – For the second time in two days, local authorities returned to the Des Plaines River to attempt a rescue of an individual from the water.

According to Joliet Police, shortly after 7 pm, Officers watched a man enter the water near the Jackson Street Bridge who did not resurface. Following an extensive search, including multiple units from the Joliet Fire Department, including divers, the Plainfield Fire Department, and the United States Coast Guard, the unidentified man was recovered at 9:40 pm.

Tuesday morning, the Will County Coroner’s Office identified the the man as 39-year-old Ceasar Robles of Joliet. Robles was pronounced dead an hour after being removed from the Des Plaines River.

A final cause of death is expected to be release pending the outcome of police, autopsy and toxicology reports.

Sunday evening, Joliet Fire officials sent a dive team into the Des Plaines River near the Cass Street Bridge for a possible body after a bridge tender heard splashing in the river.  Footprints were later recovered from the scene in the snow leading to the river wall. No one was recovered during an initial search.

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