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Published On: Mon, Nov 12th, 2018

Woman’s body found on Lake Michigan beach likely missing swimmer Lena Lemesh

A woman’s body was found Saturday on a Lake Michigan beach is believed to be the missing Elgin woman: Lena Lemesh. Stanislaw Wlosek, Jr. was pronounced dead at the Highland Park Hospital the same day, confirmed by the coroner.

Lemesh, 52, was swimming with a “cold weather swimming group” before entering rough waters near the Park Avenue Beach & Boating Facility on November 4 and was quickly swept offshore.

Lake County Coroner Howard Cooper refused to officially identify the body publicly until after an autopsy is performed on Tuesday, but did say: “We believe it’s all stemming from the incident in Highland Park a week ago. We believe we have (identified her), but we’re going to look at everything when we do our autopsy and do our confirmations.”

Wlosek, 46, of Itasca, was pulled from the lake by rescue personnel on November 4, pronounced dead at Highland Park Hospital. Wlosek from drowning.

Highland Park Fire Chief Larry Amidei said the waves near the North Shore Yacht Club rose to 12-feet at times.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, a Chicago police helicopter, and Highland Park police and firefighters were among the search team that tried to find Lemesh after she disappeared.

Cooper said Sunday that officials have reached out to a family to indicate they believe they have found a loved one, but will not confirm the woman’s name until Tuesday.

“We have spoken to the family,” he said. “We just want to confirm. We explained to the family what we believe and we will confirm everything on Tuesday.”

Lena Lemesh worked as a fabric engineer at a suburban fabric company and had recently purchased a home in Elgin. She immigrated from Ukraine in 2000.

Lena Lemesh photo/ Facebook

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- Roxanne "Butter" Bracco began with the Dispatch as Pittsburgh Correspondent, but will be providing reports and insights from Washington DC, Maryland and the surrounding region. Contact Roxie aka "Butter" at [email protected] ATTN: Roxie or Butter Bracco

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