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Maurice Wells is the man found dead in Peoria County

Update Monday, April 23 7:40 P.M. 

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood confirms the man found dead in the Illinois River Monday afternoon is Maurice Wells. 

26-year-old Wells was last seen on March 22nd. 

Harwood says there are no obvious signs of trauma and it seems he was in the water for three or four days, however with the cold temperatures, it's possible he'd been in the elements longer. 

An autopsy is scheduled. 

Update Monday, April 23 at 4:27 P.M.

The coroner says the body belongs to a black male. He believes the man is between 20-30 years old. He was pulled from shallow water near the shore. He was fully clothed with no signs of trauma and a lot of possessions on his person. 

A woman walking her dog found the man's body.

Monday, April 23 at 4:17 P.M.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood confirms a body was found in the Illinois River near Mossville in Medina Township. 

Several county officials are on scene at the Gaylord Wildlife Area.

There's no word on the identity of the person or how long they've been there.


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