Body presumed to be missing 'U' student recovered from Chicago River


A body presumed to be the 21-year-old University of Minnesota student who attempted to rescue her friend from the Chicago River has been recovered, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Chicago police divers resumed their search for Lauren Li Wednesday after snow suspended the operation Tuesday. The newspaper reports a body was discovered around 1 p.m.

Li, a Burnsville native, was paying a visit to Chicago while en route to New Jersey with her boyfriend, 23-year-old Quoc-Viet Phan Hoang of Vadnais Heights, and his cousin, 26-year-old Ken Hoang of St. Paul.

Early Monday morning, Ken Hoang was taking photos of the icy river when he dropped his cellphone and fell into the water trying to retrieve it. Li and Quoc-Viet Phan Hoang went in after him.

Ken Hoang did not survive and Li disappeared in the water.

“I lost two good friends. It’s not easy seeing your friends drift away and having one die in your arms," Quoc-Viet Phan Hoang, the lone survivor, told the Associated Press.

The newspaper says Quoc-Viet Phan Hoang was released from the hospital Wednesday morning.

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