Man found in Illinois River likely died from drowning

Jun 13, 2013

The Peoria County Coroner says the man fished out of the Illinois River Tuesday night likely died from drowning. Johnna Ingersoll identified the man as 31-year old Matthew Nettles of Washington. She says there was no evidence of trauma and she’s following through with toxicology testing.

This is the second man The Peoria Fire Department’s Marine Rescue has removed from the Illinois River in about 40-days.  Peoria Police Captain Mike Eddlemon says it’s a relatively unusual set of circumstances, but the geography offers the likelihood:  

“It does happen. Obviously we have a major waterway running through our city and that’s going to happen when you have a major waterway. It’s a gathering point for our communities on both sides of the river. So accidents are going to happen. You know it’s tragic, and we try to do the things to make people aware and prevent those things. But it is part of being where we’re at.”

The coroner’s office and police will continue to investigate the death.