Body found in Crab Orchard Lake identified


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UPDATE (2:27 p.m.) The body found in Crab Orchard Lake in Williamson County, Illinois has been identified.  Local 6 has confirmed with the Williamson County Coroner's Officer the body is that of 78-year-old Thomas Mayberry of Marion, Illinois.  An autopsy shows nothing suspicious about Mayberry's death.

Earlier story:

A male body was recovered on the shore of Crab Orchard Lake in Williamson County, IL, at about noon today.

A boat ramp just north of Route 13 was closed for two hours early Monday afternoon when officers from the Williamson County Sheriff's Department, Refuge Officers and Illinois Natural Resource Officers pulled the body off the bank.

Officers do not know the circumstances surrounding the man's death, and for that reason, it will be investigated as a crime.

Kathleen Burchett, the refuge manager, says the park and lake are still open to the public. She says it is rare that a body is found in the water, but the risk is always there. She says this incident should not deter you from hitting the water this summer.