UPDATED 07/05/12 1:06 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — The body of a college senior who disappeared in Lake Michigan Wednesday night was recovered Thursday morning.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, Mahlik H. Harris was swimming near a buoy off the 31st Street Beach around 10 p.m. Wednesday. A witness said he disappeared, but a search turned up nothing.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

Harris was a senior at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and a 2008 graduate of Kenwood Academy, according to the Sun-Times Media Wire. He had come to Chicago from Carbondale on Wednesday for a family reunion, the wire reported.

Harris had been hoping to see his father, who had also come to town for the reunion. But he disappeared while swimming with his stepsisters, his great uncle, Brian Harris, told the wire.

As a high school senior, Harris was the MVP of the Public League All-Star football game, his great uncle told the wire.

Finally, the crew of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter turned up the body just offshore around 7:25 a.m. Thursday.

Family members were present when police carried Harris’ corpse in a body bag up the beach to a waiting police van headed for the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

There were tears and hugs as Harris’ family members lingered after the van pulled away.

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