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Fisherman who fell into Kankakee River discovered near Ottawa, 70 miles away

The body of a second Fisherman who fell into the Kankakee River has been found.

The body of 41-year-old Nicholas Williams of Matteson was discovered Saturday in the Illinois River between Ottawa and Utica near Coval Creek.  A local shipyard employee notified State Police shortly after the discovery on Saturday.

The Grand Ridge, Ottawa and Utica Fire Departments along with the local Coroner and Ottawa River Rescue squad assisted in the recovery efforts. State Natural Resources officials estimate the body traveled over 70 miles prior to its discovery.

The discovery comes weeks after two fishermen fell into the waters of the Kankakee River while boating on May 7th.

Last Tuesday, the body of the other fisherman had been found at the Dresden Lock and Dam in Morris. The body was later identified as 42-year-old Matteson resident William Veasley by the Grundy County Coroner after being discovered by the Department of Conservation in Grundy.


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