Police and dive units on Saturday afternoon responded to a retention pond in the 2000 block of Wesmere Lakes Drive for reports of a body in the water.
The Will County Coroner identified the body as that of Kevin McKenna, 57, of Plainfield, who was pronounced dead at 3:25 p.m.
The Joliet Fire Department confirmed on its Facebook page that they first responded to a water rescue for a person in a retention pond.
The department later updated the post saying: “This incident unfortunately was a recovery and not a rescue. All units are clear and no further information is available at this time.”
One nearby resident said he returned to his home in the Lakes subdivision about 1:30 p.m. Saturday and saw Joliet police and fire personnel on the scene on the west side of the lake.
“From what I understand, it was an older guy,” Mike Hill said. “They were looking for him on Caton Farm [Road] and Ridge [Road]. Unfortunately it looks like he fell here.”
Multiple calls to the Joliet Police Department have not been returned. Police and fire officials on scene were not immediately available to provide more information.
Crews could be seen pulling what appeared to be a body out of the water Saturday afternoon and putting it on a stretcher.
The Will County Sheriff’s Police is investigating the death. A preliminary autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
The final cause and manner of death will be determined after complete police, autopsy and toxicological reports.