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Body of missing Chicago man found in Rock River

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OREGON (WREX) -

The body of a man who drowned in the Rock River near Oregon on Wednesday was located Thursday morning.

Members of the Oregon Fire Department recovered the body of drowning victim Reyes Perez, 37, of Chicago, around 10:00 a.m. Perez went missing early Wednesday morning while fishing. Police believe that Perez was fishing on a small rock island when he stepped too far into the water, the swift current swept him downstream, and the calf-high waders he was wearing filled with water and pulled him under.

Several local units partnered together to search for Perez before calling the search off around 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. The search resumed early Thursday.

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