UPDATED: Body recovered from Lake Michigan, autopsy to be performed in Milwaukee – Journal Times

2October 2020

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RACINE — Multiple Racine County law enforcement agencies were involved in a Friday morning recovery operation of a body on Lake Michigan off Augusta Street and Michigan Boulevard.

The area was being treated as a crime scene, with a large section of shoreline being cordoned off by Racine Police south to Zoo Beach.

In an interview Friday afternoon, Racine County Medical Examiner Michael Payne said that an autopsy on the recovered body will be performed in Milwaukee. A preliminary determination on the cause of death is expected by late Monday afternoon.

Payne said a full autopsy report, including toxicology testing, likely won’t be available for about eight weeks.

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No identification of the victim was released.

“At this point we’re not releasing any identification or anything out of respect for the family,” Payne said.

Agencies responding to the scene included the Racine Police Department, Racine Fire Department, Mount Pleasant Police Department, Racine County Sheriff’s Office and the Racine County Medical Examiner’s Office.

It remains unknown whether the recovery effort is related to the Sept. 22 disappearance of Casey Shaw, an 18-year-old Mount Pleasant resident. The initial investigation into Shaw’s disappearance led officers to the area of Augusta Street and Michigan Boulevard in Racine, where Racine Police, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Coast Guard conducted an extensive search.

The Journal Times will post additional information regarding the ongoing Lake Michigan recovery effort as it becomes available.(tncms-asset)59b1c5fb-2079-5451-ac9c-986035088762[1](/tncms-asset)

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