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Breaking: Body pulled from river was man missing more than month

The dead man was last seen Feb. 25

Michael Hollins
Michael Hollins

The body pulled from the Des Plaines River Monday morning was a man reported missing to police more than a month ago.

The Will County Coroner's Office positively identified the body as that of Michael Hollins.

Hollins' sister, Carla Hollins, filed a missing person report with the Joliet Police Department March 1. She said her brother disappeared Feb. 25. The report said Michael Hollins, whose nickname is “Lil Beno,” is 42-years-old and was last seen at a residence on North Ottawa Street.

Hollins' body was recovered from the river in Channahon shortly after 10:30 a.m. Monday. He was identified through tattoo comparison, according to the coroner's office.

An autopsy was performed Tuesday, but the cause of Hollins' death remains undetermined.

The Illinois State Police had been investigating the case after the body was recovered but handed it back to the Joliet Police Department after the identification was made, as they were already conducting the investigation of Hollins' disappearance.

A North Carolina woman who met Hollins in March 2017, while playing spades online, said Hollins planned to move in with her Feb. 27 — but vanished two days before.

The woman, Angela Roy of Fayetteville, said she and Hollins had explored the possibility of having his parole transferred from Illinois to North Carolina.

Hollins was released from prison Dec. 29. He had served seven months at Vandalia Correctional Center for a drug conviction, according to Department of Corrections records.

The day Hollins body was recovered from the river, Roy said, a Joliet police detective called her and asked questions. She said the detective did not yet know Hollins' body had been recovered when he called her.

Roy said she and Hollins corresponded before he went to prison and continued after he was locked up in May 2017.

"We never met in person but we did video chat," she said. "It's so hard."

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