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Will County coroner IDs drowned couple

Search and rescue crews search the banks of the DuPage River on Monday, April 1, 2019, for the bodies of a two people Monday in Shorewood, Ill.
Search and rescue crews search the banks of the DuPage River on Monday, April 1, 2019, for the bodies of a two people Monday in Shorewood, Ill.

The man and woman who disappeared into the DuPage River and were later found drowned have been identified.

The bodies of Abraham Ramos, 28, of Palatine and Hannah Tammeling, 22, of Plainfield were recovered from the river near Hammel Woods and pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office.

Ramos was found and pronounced deceased about 10:44 a.m. Monday and Tammeling was found and pronounced shortly after 2 p.m. Monday.

Autopsies performed Monday revealed that both Ramos and Tammeling drowned, according to the coroner’s office.

Ramos and Tammeling disappeared near the dam in Hammel Woods about
6 p.m. Sunday, said Allison J. Anderson, deputy director of the Will County Emergency Management Agency.

Emergency crews searched for the pair until 9 p.m. before calling the effort off for the night because of darkness, Anderson said. The crews resumed the search Monday morning.

On Monday, Troy Fire Chief Andy Doyle, whose department participated in the search, said he did not know what Ramos was doing by the dam or why he fell into the river. Doyle said Tammeling entered the water to help him. Emergency personnel later said Ramos and Tammeling were dating. 

In a forest preserve news release, Doyle cautioned visitors to stay away from the Hammel Woods dam, which he likened to a lake riptide.

He said the dam might look calm at times, but it is extremely dangerous because of the turbulence at the structure’s base.

“It’s very hard to swim out of that,” Doyle said.

Swimming is prohibited in the forest preserve’s water bodies.

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