Medical examiner: Drowning took life of man who went missing in Lincoln Park

Esteban Uriostigue | CPD

A Lawndale man whose body was found in the Chicago River after he went missing from a grocery store in Lincoln Park this summer died by drowning, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The office was unable to determine if his death was accidental, according to records.

Esteban Uriostigue, 22, left the Jewel-Osco at 2550 North Clybourn around 9 p.m. on June 25 but never returned home. He was a former employee of the store and still had friends who worked there.

Uriostigue’s body was found a week later in the Chicago River near Webster Avenue, about a half-mile south of the grocery store parking lot.

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