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Body of missing boater found on beach

August 22, 2009 12:14:07 PM PDT
The body of a suburban Chicago dentist missing since he went sailing on Lake Michigan has been found at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.Indiana Department of Natural Resources spokesman Gene Davis says people walking Saturday morning on Kemil Beach near Beverly Shores discovered the body of Steven Banks.

The 58-year-old Banks had gone sailing Wednesday from his home in the Miller Beach neighborhood of Gary. Banks' wife Kathy reported him missing Thursday after he failed to show up at his orthodontist office in Des Plaines, Ill.

U.S. Coast Guard boats and helicopters, Lake County Marine Units and Indiana Conservation Officers searched for Banks. A Coast Guard helicopter spotted his empty 12-foot sailboat Thursday afternoon about five miles off the Indiana shore.

An autopsy will be conducted.

Information from: Post-Tribune, http://www.post-trib.com

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