UPDATED 03/05/12 – 2:30 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Divers have found the body of a missing Chicago man in the frigid water of Belmont Harbor.
Philip Patnaude, 28, went missing early Saturday morning after he had been out for a night of drinking with friends, and then said he was going to the lakefront. His jacket was found in the harbor on Sunday, and divers pulled a body out of Lake Michigan Monday morning.
Divers on the scene confirmed to CBS 2 that the body pulled from the water was Patnaude’s. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office also later confirmed the information.
Early Saturday, Patnaude apparently took a cab to Belmont Harbor, where his jacket was found around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The police Marine Unit arrived at the harbor Sunday afternoon to begin searching the water, while many of Patnaude’s friends and family members watched from the shore.
Friends said Philip Patnaude was engaged to be married in October. Over the weekend, they were out passing out fliers near the lakefront and near Patnaude’s home in the 3200 block of North Ashland Avenue, near the busy junction with Lincoln and Belmont avenues, where he lived with his fiancée.
Patnaude’s friend Megan O’Sullivan called him adventurous and outgoing – and she said his hobby was climbing structures.
“The assumption might be that he wanted to go out adventuring and possibly ended up injuring himself. We don’t really know, obviously. We love him dearly,” O’Sullivan said.