SOUTH LOOP — A 23-year-old Wrigleyville man who disappeared after a night out with friends in River North last weekend was found dead in the Chicago River Friday, police said.
Officers with the Chicago Police Marine Unit found Iñaki Bascaran’s body in the Chicago River near the 1000 block of South Wells Street in the South Loop, police spokesman Alex Aguas confirmed. Bascaran was unresponsive and pronounced dead, Aguas said. No other details were available.
“Our hearts have shattered, and we’re still trying to comprehend that our Iñaki isn’t coming home in the way we all desperately hoped he would,” said his father, Jose Bascaran. “There are not enough words of gratitude to capture the appreciation we have for everyone who helped in the search for our son.”
Bascaran was last seen the night of Oct. 30 after leaving Celeste, a River North bar where he was with friends. For days, his parents and friends organized a fervent effort to find him, searching for signs of him near the bar, and publicly sharing more details about the timeline before and after his disappearance. This week, hundreds turned out for a vigil near Bascaran’s Wrigleyville apartment, praying for his safe return.
A website set up to help collect tips posted a message Friday:
“Iñaki’s body has been recovered from the Chicago River. Thank you to everyone who helped with our search efforts.”
Bascaran’s friends at Celeste, 111 W. Hubbard St., last saw him around 11:40 p.m. the night he went missing, according to his family. His father told reporters earlier this week Bascaran sent multiple text messages saying he was unsuccessfully trying to get back inside the bar.
Bascaran left shortly after and FaceTimed a friend who was not at the bar at 12:04 a.m. Sunday, family members said. He said he was outside of a Walgreens and headed back to his apartment.
After that, calls and texts sent since Sunday morning went unanswered, his family said. The last Uber he called was for his ride to Celeste. There weren’t any charges on his credit, debit or Ventra cards, family said.
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