January 22, 2012

Man found floating identified as missing Chicago man

Key West – Sheriff’s detectives say the man’s body, found floating near the White Street pier last week, has been identified as a man reported missing in Chicago.

The family of 65 year old John Hanson told Chicago police they last saw him at 8 a.m. on January 9th when he left to go to work. On January 13th, his body was found offshore of the White Street Pier with no identification.

Detectives worked all week, canvassing various places to see if anyone knew who the man was. On Saturday, his family called the Key West Police Department. They said they had received a package in the mail, from Key West, with Hanson’s wallet, identification and other personal items inside. Key West Police put the family in touch with the Medical Examiner’s Office and a positive identification of Hanson was made.

It is still unknown how Hanson died; an autopsy showed signs of drowning, but toxicology tests are still pending. There were no signs of foul play in evidence on the body.

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