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Body of Missing Canoeist Jeremy Asbell Found in Lemont Retention Pond

Bolingbrook native, 25, reported missing around 2 a.m. Tuesday after his boat tipped over, officials said.

4:30 p.m.

Preliminary results of an autopsy indicate 25-year-old Jeremy Asbell died of an accidental drowning, according to a release from the DuPage County Coroner's Office.

The report also stated that there is no indication of foul play or suspcious circumstances.

This case is still under investigation pending pathology and toxicology results, the release stated.

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Search crews Thursday morning recovered the body of a 25-year-old man who has been missing since his canoe capsized earlier this week in a Lemont retention pond.

Lemont Deputy Fire Chief Jay Nickleski said searchers found a body around 5 a.m. Thursday.

In a news release, the DuPage County Sheriff's Office confirmed the body was that of Jeremy Asbell, who was reported missing around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

According to Lemont Fire Chief Carl Churulo, Asbell was reported missing after he and a friend were tossed from a canoe that capsized on the pond. The call was made from a home at 20W461 S. Frontage Road.

Crews discovered Asbell's body after two days of searching the pond, at Frontage Road and Woodward Avenue.

Lemont Battalion Chief Jim Sheldon described the pond as "very dark and murky," and said the thick weeds made it difficult to find anything during their first two days on the water.

Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, fire and police officials requested the assistance of the DuPage County Public Works Department, which brought in large pumps to lower the water level of the pond.

The body has been transported to the DuPage County Cornoner's Office, where an autopsy will be performed.

Asbell was a 2004 graduate of Romeoville High School, where he wrestled and played football. On his Facebook page, he listed his current residence as Darien and his hometown as Bolingbrook.

He is survived by two sons, ages 6 years and 21 months.

Sheila Raddatz August 04, 2011 at 02:15 PM
So sad.....
Dori August 04, 2011 at 02:18 PM
How very sad, such a young life lost. My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and the community. May we all pull together to get yet another Bolingbrook family through their loss.
mommy60517 August 04, 2011 at 02:23 PM
My deepest sympathies to the Asbell family. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all...
NEM August 04, 2011 at 02:29 PM
My heart and prayers to the Asbell family.
Richard R August 04, 2011 at 03:31 PM
So sad for this to happen, but I'm glad the family now has some type of closure to this.
Beth Krane August 04, 2011 at 04:00 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends. Such a tragedy.
Miss LuVv August 04, 2011 at 04:33 PM
Leaving my thoughts & prayers with Jeremy's family & especially his children. This is so sad :( I remember going to grade school with him and he was always such a happy guy.. He will be missed by everyone.
Kim Frantz August 04, 2011 at 04:53 PM
Praying for you and your family Linda....Miss ya :( Kim Frantz
Sally August 04, 2011 at 05:17 PM
So sorry to hear the outcome of this story. I was so hoping the results would be different. Ali and the whole Asbell family, remember the great things about Jeremy and keep him in your heart.
Denise Windle August 04, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Praying for Jeremy and his family This is so sad god bless his babies :( Know that your Daddy is your angel looking down upon you........
Richard Saunders August 04, 2011 at 05:35 PM
A very sad ending. My daughter graduated high school with Jeremy. He touched many lives.
vicki lange August 04, 2011 at 07:03 PM
My heart is breaking for all of you. To lose a son a brother a father, nephew, cousin. A special part of our family as well. Love and prayers for the whole family..He will be missed. .Love you Jeremy!!
Mary August 04, 2011 at 11:15 PM
To lose someone so young is every parents nightmare. My prayers are with the Asbell family through this tragic time. God Bless.
Walter August 05, 2011 at 01:02 PM
I am so sorry for the loss of a loved one, my prayers go out to the family

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