The body of Inaki Bascaran found in the Chicago River; A man from Lake View, U. of I., a Glenbrook South High School graduate, had been missing since Halloween night


The body of a 23-year-old man last seen leaving a River North bar over the weekend was found in the Chicago River on Friday evening.

Iñaki Bascaran was last seen on Saturday night leaving Celeste, a bar in the 100 block of West Hubbard Street, according to his father, Jose Bascaran.

Chicago police confirmed on Friday evening that Bascaran’s body was picked up by the Police Marine Unit in the river near the 1000 block of South Wells Street.

They said Bascaran did not respond and was pronounced dead. Authorities have not disclosed the cause of death.

Private investigators hired by the family released a statement Friday evening thanking friends for their help in the search for Bascaran.

“Iñaki’s family said they were more than grateful for your support and prayers, and that they appreciate the space to process this news,” the statement said.

Just after midnight Sunday, he had FaceTimed his roommate and said he was walking next to a Walgreens and going home, according to his dad.

At 12:15 a.m., a friend at the club attempted to send him another text that went unread, meaning his phone was probably dead, according to his father.

Family and friends organized search groups and held a candlelight vigil outside Bascaran’s Lake View residence this week, hoping he would be found unharmed.

Iñaki Bascaran graduated from Glenbrook South High School in Glenview and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He spent the last year living in the city and working for a media company, according to his father.


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