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Body found in Lake Michigan IDed as missing college student

May 13, 2022 GMT

CHICAGO (AP) — A body found along Chicago’s Lake Michigan shoreline in early May has been identified as that of a college student who vanished last month around the time her boyfriend also went missing.

The body recovered May 2 by the Chicago Fire Department was identified as that of Natally Brookson, 22, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office and Chicago police, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The cause and manner of the Edgewater woman’s death remains pending, the medical examiner’s office said.

Brookson was pursuing a psychology degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago while working as a dietary aide at Friedman Place, a supportive living community center for adults who are blind, according to a GoFundMe page created to help cover funeral expenses.

She was reported missing April 30 and was last seen leaving work, officials said.

The previous day, her boyfriend, 26-year-old Daniel Sotelo, was also reported missing.

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Sotelo and Brookson both attended the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Sotelo’s sister, Jennifer Sotelo, said he went missing days before he was set to graduate with a master’s degree in organic chemistry, and he didn’t show up at last week’s graduation ceremony.

“I would just tell him, please come home, you’ve got a lot of family members, friends, cousins who are worried about you and we just want to hear from you,” she told WFLD-TV.