Tyler Buczek's Body Recovered in Lake Michigan on Thursday
Tyler Buczek, a 15-year-old Port Washington boy, went missing in Lake Michigan mid-afternoon on Sunday. Authorities searched until dark on Sunday, and again on Monday. His body was found around noon Thursday.
Tyler Buczek's body was recovered from Lake Michigan on Thursday after the teen went missing while swimming Sunday.
At approximately noon Thursday, authorities found his body about 200 yards off shore from the Water Treatment Plant in 10 to 12 feet of water, according to a press release from the Port Washington Police Department.
Buczek had been swimming off North Beach with a group of friends when the current took him. He went missing at 2:39 p.m., according to Ozaukee dispatchers.
Though the official search for Buczek was "indefinitely suspended" on Monday night, Port Washington Fire Chief Mark Mitchell said local law enforcement officers were still searching when they had time and the weather permitted.
A team went out on Tuesday night, including help from the Great Lakes K9 unit, Mitchell said. Divers went down to a couple spots, but they were false alarms. Earlier this week, the search crews were having problems with visibility because of algae in the lake. The search would continue unofficially depending on availability of the boat driver and weather conditions, he said, in hopes of finding Buczek and offering closure.
Ozaukee County Coroner John Holicek said the boy's parents would do a positive identification, but that there was no doubt the body was of the 15-year-old.
Holicek said no autopsy would be performed.