Michael Scott, Chicago Public Schools Leader, Found Dead in River, Say Cops

(CBS/WBBM-TV, file)
Photo: Michael Scott.

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) Police believe the body of Michael Scott, the Chicago Board of Education President responsible for overseeing Chicago's public schools, was pulled from the Chicago River early Monday morning.

Police officials say they're waiting for Scott's family to confirm his identity and an investigation into the death continues.

Police say officers were called to the city's River North neighborhood at about 3:15 a.m., where they found a man's body in the water., part of the Chicago Tribune, reported Monday morning that Scott apparently shot himself in the head, according to unnamed police sources.

His family reported him missing Sunday.

Scott was first appointed to the Chicago Board of Education by Mayor Jane Byrne in 1980. He went on to hold a variety of positions with the city, including director of the Chicago Department of Special Events and head of the Chicago Park District. He also served on the boards of the Regional Transportation Authority and the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.

Mayor Richard Daley reappointed Scott to the Chicago Board of Education in 2001.