Polish businessman who went missing in Chicago accidentally drowned: medical examiner

Chicago — A 21-year-old businessman who disappeared while visiting Chicago in December, only to be found dead in Lake Michigan days later, accidentally drowned, the Cook County medical examiner’s office has ruled.

Krzysztof Szubert was last seen leaving a holiday party at Howl at the Moon, 26 West Hubbard, around 9:45 p.m. on December 3, Chicago police said. Szubert, an IT specialist, had been working in Chicago since November.

Krzysztof Szubert | Chicago Police Department

He never returned to his hotel in Joliet, and friends said both of his phones stopped working. Police launched a missing person investigation, culminating in Szubert being found dead in the water near Oak Street Beach early on December 7.

The newly released medical examiner ruling said Szubert died from an accidental drowning with ethanol intoxication as a contributing factor.

Two weeks after Szubert’s disappearance, Northwestern University doctoral student Peter Salvino went missing after leaving a house party in Lincoln Park. He was found dead in Diversey Harbor, near the spot where his phone last pinged before it stopped working.

The medical examiner’s office ruled in February that Salvino also died of accidental drowning, with ethanol intoxication as a contributing factor.

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