URBANA — Urbana police and the Champaign County coroner’s office are investigating the death of a man found floating in Crystal Lake on Monday afternoon.
“We are still in the process of identifying the man,” said Urbana police Lt. Bryant Seraphin on Monday evening.
Champaign County Coroner Duane Northrup said an autopsy will be performed Tuesday in Urbana, during which time the man’s fingerprints will be taken in an effort to identify him.
“At this point we don’t know how long the man had been in the water,” Northrup said.
Seraphin said police received a call from people at Crystal Lake Park at 12:18 p.m. after they saw what appeared to be a body floating face down in the lake.
When police, firefighters and emergency medical technicians arrived at the lake, they found a man’s body approximately 50 yards from the north shore of the eastern portion of the lake, Seraphin said.
“Police saw no signs of life,” Seraphin said.
Northrup said that the man was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:45 p.m. Monday.
Seraphin said that police called in personnel from the Cornbelt Fire Protection District in Mahomet, which serves as Champaign County’s dive team, to help retrieve the body and to retrieve any potential evidence in the lake.
He said the Cornbelt team has training in the removal of bodies from water since they are responsible for incidents at Lake of the Woods.
Northrup said an inquest may be held at a later date.
Seraphin said members of the dive team removed the man from the lake at 2 p.m. Monday.
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call the Urbana Police Department at 384-2320 or Champaign County Crimestoppers at 373-8477.
Information may also be left anonymously online at www.373tips.com or by cellphone text message by sending CCTIP plus the information to CRIMES (274637).
Crimestoppers will pay a reward if the information leads to an arrest. Cash rewards are also paid for information on other felony crimes or fugitives in the Champaign County area.