Bartlett man drowns in Lake Michigan after going missing off Gary, Indiana shoreline: officials

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Monday, July 31, 2023
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GARY, Ind. (WLS) -- An Illinois man died Saturday after going missing while swimming in Lake Michigan off the Gary, Indiana shoreline, officials said.

Gary police were notified about 2:40 p.m. that the man had gone missing near the beach in the area of Lakeshore Drive and Sullivan Street. The Lake County Coroner's Office later identified him as 18-year-old Rayan Mohammed, who lived in Bartlett.

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The man's uncle, also an Illinois resident, told police he last saw his nephew swimming at about 2 p.m.

A boat and helicopter were deployed, and, at 6 p.m., searchers found the man's body at Newton Street and Oak Avenue, Gary police said.

This story previously said the victim was a 15-year-old boy based on information from police.