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Body pulled from Belmont Harbor is missing man

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The body of a man recovered from Lake Michigan in Belmont Harbor Thursday morning is that of Christopher Evans, an MBA student and Loyola employee who went missing early Sunday, a university spokeswoman said.

Evans, 25, was last seen in the North Side Lakeview neighborhood running in the direction of the lake about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police and fire department personnel were notified about 8:30 a.m. Thursday there was a body in the water at Belmont Harbor. Marine Unit officers recovered the body of a male about 9 a.m. from the harbor, police News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan said. A couple hours after the body was recovered on Thursday police canceled the missing person alert, saying that Evans was "no longer unaccounted for."

Loyola University spokeswoman Maeve Kiley said Thursday afternoon that the body recovered from the lake "is Christopher Evans." She said Loyola officials received confirmation of that earlier Thursday afternoon.

Neither police nor the medical examiner's office would say yet if the body pulled from the water was Evans.

His friends told police they last saw Evans after going to Roscoe's Tavern, 3356 N. Halsted St., and he was not acting like himself and seemed very agitated. He was last seen running east on Roscoe Street from Halsted. Since then he has had no contact with friends or family. His friends started a "Find Christopher Evans" Facebook page to get the word out about his disappearance.

Evans was a part-time student at Loyola University, where he was enrolled in the MBA program in the Quinlan School of Business, according to the university. He was also a financial analyst at Loyola in the Financial Services Office. Kiley said that the university would likely hold some type of memorial service for Evans in the near future.

Reached by phone early Thursday afternoon, Evans' father, Michael Evans, said he did not wish to comment "at this time," since "at this point it hasn't been confirmed" that the body pulled from the harbor was that of his son. He said that if it turns out that the body is his son's, the family will issue a statement "later today."

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