Man Found Dead On Lakefront Bike Path

CHICAGO (CBS) — The body of an Elgin man was found Monday morning on the lakefront bike path near North Avenue Beach.

Police believe the man committed suicide.

The 34-year-old man, identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office as Cesar Villagomez, of Elgin, was found unresponsive near the path around Lake Shore and LaSalle drives about 6:30 a.m., police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli said.

Police say the man’s death appears to be self-inflicted, but there was no elaboration on this conclusion.

“This does not appear to be a homicide,” Mirabelli said. No foul play is suspected and police are conducting a death investigation pending results of an autopsy.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Arjay

    What a tragedy AND a shock! A death on the lakefront that appears NOT to be a homicide! At least not yet.

  • Gerald Spencer

    Nothing to be smug or flippant about this. Most lakeside deaths are accidental or suicide. To brush off someone’s angst and worse is inhumane. From Division north to Lincoln Park and from N State Parkway east to the lake is my immediate neighborhood and I feel exceptional sadness for the passing of people I have most likely seen more than once. May this dear soul have peace and his loved ones some comfort.

  • Georgia Papagiannis Beaulieu

    I witnessed this on my morning lake front run!! Very sad and my thoughts and prayers are with his family!

  • Jimmy Lawrence

    This man is a long time friend, i hope his death is for a medical reason rather than suicide. He had a very comical personality, always smiling for no reason at all! I only wish that he is walking through the gates of heaven with that same smile everyone knows him for! Prayers for the entire family, and his 3 children who will always wonder why he was taken at an early age!

  • manuel ramirez

    Our deepest condolences go out to the villagomez will be missed.

  • Glenn Richards

    I came upon the scene on my morning commute on the bike path. It is shocking to see a body covered in a white sheet, however the death occurred, and it is a sad situation to see the end of a life. I did not know the cause at the time, but nonetheless you have to feel bad for him and his family. Arjay, whoever you are, you need to think twice before posting that kind of comment.

  • josie

    My prayers go out to his mom Elia, his father Augistin, his brother Augi….n my neist n nephew……love u guys..:)
    Cesar was a nice guy

  • fb

    this is very unfortunate. Cesar loved life and he loved his family. he loved baseball -the cubs – his bmw – and his children

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