Body of west suburban woman recovered from Lake Michigan

UPDATE: A body recovered Sunday from Lake Michigan near Indiana Dunes State Park has been identified as a 20-year-old west suburban woman who went missing while swimming with friends Friday.

The body was discovered floating just before 12 p.m. Sunday about 250 yards off the shore by a Lake County sheriff’s department helicopter, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The Porter Volunteer Fire Department dive rescue team responded and recovered the body, which was later identified as Chase Froese, of Carol Stream, who was reported missing Friday evening while swimming with friends near Porter Beach.

The search began Friday at 7 p.m. after Froese and two other women got caught in a rip current and were reported missing, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

The other women were rescued, but the search for Froese shifted to recovery on Saturday as it neared the 24-hour mark on Saturday, authorities said. 

The Porter County coroner’s office will perform routine toxicology tests, but the cause and manner of her death is believed to be accidental drowning.

Indiana Conservation Officers and the National Lakeshore Park Rnagers are investigating.

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The search continues for a Carol Stream woman who went underwater at a northwest Indiana beach.

Chase Froese, 20, was swimming in Lake Michigan off Porter Beach with two friends Friday night when she went under. Witnesses saw them getting swept away and two good Samaritans pulled two of the women to safety, but couldn't get to Chase.

As of Saturday night, search teams had covered 14 square miles of shore and water and were still looking for her, even though the water was rough. The efforts were being scaled back on Saturday night, but officials said they would back out on Sunday morning.

As the beach filled up Saturday morning, Chase's family stood by on the shore watching recovery teams scour the water by boat and air.  By the afternoon, Chase’s parents, Greg and Beth Froese, seemed to have accepted the fact that their daughter may no longer be alive and are relying on their faith to get them through it. 

“We are hoping that Chase will be found today, we know that God is in control and we are fully trusting in him we have been experiencing his presence and peace,” said Greg Froese, Chase’s father.  “We know that Chase is in his hands and is safely home. The last 14 hours have been the hardest that we have faced as husband and wife and as a family.”

Officials are reminding folks that if you get caught in a rip current, swim with it not against it, or you may waste too much energy trying to free yourself.

“For everyone out there, Beth and I just say love on your kids enjoy each precious day with them,” Greg Froese said.

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