Woman presumed drowned in Chicago River is U of M student

4:11 PM, Jan 14, 2014   |    comments
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  • Yearbook photo of Lauren Li from Burnsville High School (Photo: Jim Douglas, KARE 11)
  • Police search for a 21-year-old woman who fell into the Chicago River early Monday morning. (Photo: KARE)



CHICAGO (KARE11) - A 23-year-old missing woman who is presumed dead after falling in to the Chicago River early Monday morning has been identified as a University of Minnesota student.

Lauren Li was a senior and honor student at the U of M College of Biological Sciences according to Danita Brown Young, Dean of Students at the university.

Li and a man fell into the Chicago River while trying to help their friend Ken Hoang, who had also fallen into the river trying to retrieve his cell phone. Hoang and a 21-year-old man were pulled from the river but Li has still not been found.

"The University of Minnesota extends our sympathy to the family of Ken Hoang, a former U student who died yesterday. We are also keeping the family of Lauren Li, a current U of M student who is currently missing, in our thoughts," Young said in a statement.

A dive unit is still searching for Li but they are hampered by frigid water temperatures and limited visibility. Search crews will stay out as long as possible weather permitting. Rain, sleet and snow are expected Tuesday afternoon in downtown Chicago.

Lauren Li was a graduate of Burnsville High School.


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