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Sheriff: DNA needed to confirm body's identity

Published: Thursday, July 11, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 11, 2013 1:51 p.m. CDT
Javier Tiscareno

PROPHETSTOWN – The Whiteside County coroner has been unable to positively identify the body believed to be that of Javier Tiscareno, who went missing in the Rock River on June 23.

Without dental records, the coroner must resort to DNA analysis. Samples will be taken from the body and from Tiscareno's mother and then sent for testing, Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi said. Results should be back in about 2 weeks.

Tiscareno, 30, of Brookfield, a Chicago suburb, disappeared while swimming with a friend at Prophetstown State Park. They had been in the water less than 30 minutes when he went missing.

He was no stranger to the park or the river, having spent time there when he was younger. According to witnesses, Tiscareno was acting quiet and “looked out of it.” One of his friends, Daniel, 27, told Sauk Valley Media that earlier in the day Tiscareno had been drinking.

Rescue crews searched the river for almost 2 weeks until the body was spotted by boaters Friday southwest of Erie, near the intersection of Jersey and Elston roads, about 18 miles from Prophetstown State Park.

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