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Official: Body likely stuck on bottom

Search continues for missing swimmer

Published: Tuesday, July 2, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT
A family member of Javier Tiscareno used a picture of flowers next to the Rock River as the cover photo on her Facebook page.
Javier Tiscareno

PROPHETSTOWN – Typically, a body will float after it has been in a river for a few days. Because of that, authorities believe the body of Javier Tiscareno, 30, a swimmer who went missing June 23 in the Rock River, might be caught up somewhere along the bottom.

For more than a week, crews have been searching the river for the Brookfield resident, who had been a camper at Prophetstown State Park.

The search, led by the Prophetstown Fire Department, continued Sunday. The crews suspended the effort Monday, but plan to resume today.

High waters have made the search more difficult. The park is closed through Sunday because of flooding, which means the annual Prophetstown fireworks have been canceled.

The search, led by the Prophetstown Fire Department, will continue until the body is found, Fire Chief Keith Crady said.

“The river is so high right now, it’s making it tough,” he said. “There are so many places where the body could go.”

The crews have been searching from the park to the Erie area, a few miles downstream.

“People think a body goes a long way, but 99 percent of the time, it doesn’t go far,” Crady said. “The body should be to the top by now, but it’s probably stuck somewhere.”

Officials cannot remember another drowning at Prophetstown State Park.

Crady, the chief for 8 years, said this is the first river search he has led in his time at the helm, although his department has taken part in efforts involving bodies that have floated downstream from the Sterling-Rock Falls area.

“We haven’t had a drowning for a while,” he said.

About 5 p.m. June 23, Tiscareno was swimming with a friend when he went missing. Others at the park recalled the man was in a dazed state near the shore. Some believed he was looking for clams.

The friend said Tiscareno had been drinking; others at the park said he appeared drunk.

Swimming is not allowed at the park.

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