Body recovered from Lake Michigan where 20-year-old woman last seen identified by medical examiner

Emergency crews pulled a body from Lake Michigan Thursday morning where a woman was last seen Wednesday night near Foster Beach.

A witness told police they saw the woman struggling in the water before sinking under around 8:30 p.m. in the 5200 block of North Lake Shore Drive.

The Chicago Fire Department's dive team paused the search Wednesday night and resumed searching at 9 a.m. and located the body.

The Cook County Medical Examiner identified the woman as 20-year-old Amy Kelts of Aurora.


Area Three detectives continue to investigate.

After three drownings in two days last summer, Chicago officials begged boaters and swimmers to "please be responsible" when on the water. More recently, a 7-year-old boy died after drowning in Lake Michigan near Northwest Indiana.

So far in 2023, six people have drowned in Lake Michigan, more than any other Great Lake, according to the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project, a nonprofit group dedicated to drowning prevention. Two of those six people drowned near Chicago and another drowned in suburban Waukegan.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.