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Austin Hudson-Lapore Update: Body found in Lake Michigan ID'd as missing Univ. of Chicago student

Austin Hudson-Lapore in an undated personal photo.
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(CBS) CHICAGO - Authorities have confirmed a body found in Lake Michigan early Wednesday is Austin Hudson-Lapore, a 20-year-old University of Chicago student who had been missing since June 12, CBS Chicago reports.

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Chicago Police Marine Unit divers pulled a body from the lake around 6:50 a.m. Wednesday after a fisherman spotted the body and called police around 6:30 a.m., the station reports.

The body was recovered and taken to the Cook County Medical Examiner's officer where authorities confirmed the identity.

According to the station, autopsy results were not immediately made available. It is unclear if Lapore fell in the water by accident or if foul-play occurred.

His father, Gregg Lapore, was reportedly at searching around the lakefront Wednesday morning when his son's body was found. 

Community activist Andrew Holmes was with Gregg Lapore when police descended on the scene.

"His first reaction was 'Oh, God!' and he's just kind of shaken right now. As any individual, he's human. I had to give him my shoulder to lean on. I had to comfort him, as we comfort each other," Holmes said. "Yes, he's crying, he's in shock. That's his son. He's been out here, determined to find his son. That's his child. That's his baby."

The college junior was last seen near the school's Hyde Park campus after finishing his finals, the station reported. His family initially speculated that he may have gone to the lakefront to watch approaching storms.

"He's loved weather since he was a child," Gregg Lapore previously told the station. "When he was 3, he would rather watch the Weather Channel than cartoons on TV."

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