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Coroner IDs body found in Lake Bloomington

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LAKE BLOOMINGTON — The McLean County Coroner said a 58-year-old Saybrook man apparently died from drowning in a vehicle crash after his body was found Tuesday afternoon in Lake Bloomington

Coroner Kathy Yoder in a statement said her office, the McLean County Sheriff's Office and the Hudson Dive team responded at 3:32 p.m. Tuesday after a fisherman reported the death to dispatchers. It happened about 200 feet north of 1750 East Road and Tilde Road, the report said.

Yoder identified the man as a David L. Roesch. She added that preliminary autopsy results show Roesch drowned after suffering injuries to his forehead and lips, which were consistent to blunt-force trauma likely received from crashing a vehicle into the water.

The coroner said the man had severe hypertensive heart disease and obesity that limited his physical reserve. Yoder also said there were no signs of assault or injuries such as sharp or gunshot injuries, infections or tumor.

Yoder's office and sheriff's office are continuing to investigate what happened before Roesch's death.

Sgt. Jon Hofmann told The Pantagraph Wednesday that the sheriff's office is still searching for a vehicle in the lake. He also said that no unoccupied watercraft were located.

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Contact Brendan Denison at (309) 820-3238. Follow Brendan Denison on Twitter: @BrendanDenison

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