BRIDGMAN — Police have identified the body of a woman found on the shore of Lake Michigan Sunday, March 31, as that of Eddisa Concepcion Herrera, 24, of Chicago. She had been missing from Chicago since December.
Her body was discovered around 12:40 p.m. March 31 by a person walking on the beach north of Warren Dunes State Park in Lake Township. An autopsy was conducted Monday at Western Michigan University and the cause of death was ruled accidental drowning.
Detective Lt. Greg Sanders with the Berrien County Sheriff ’s Office said the woman had been missing since jumping in Lake Michigan at the North Avenue Beach in Chicago on Dec. 21, 2018.
Police in Chicago said the woman had jumped into the lake with two friends for a “polar plunge,” but they encountered high waves. The two friends were rescued by Chicago’s fire department, but Herrera was pulled under the choppy water and was not found.
Chicago police assisted with the investigation in Berrien County, Sanders said. Also assisting were Baroda/Lake Township Police, Bridgman Police, Lake Township Fire Department, DNR Park Rangers and the Office of the Medical Examiner.