Body of missing Lansing man found

2013-12-13T11:15:00Z 2014-02-18T12:39:29Z Body of missing Lansing man foundLauri Harvey Keagle lauri.keagle@nwi.com, (219) 852-4311 nwitimes.com

LANSING | The body of a Lansing man missing for nearly a week was found Thursday night.

Matthew Urdiales, 40, was pronounced dead at 1:10 a.m. Friday after being discovered Thursday night in the 19200 block of Burnham Avenue, said a spokeswoman for the Cook County medical examiner's office.

An autopsy originally scheduled for Friday is now scheduled for Saturday to determine his cause and manner of death.

About 8 p.m. Thursday, Lansing police located a submerged male body in the frozen retention ditch in front of Heritage Middle School, according to a news release. The body, identified as Urdiales, was recovered by Lansing police and fire personnel and taken to the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Sheriff's police from Cook, Will and Lake counties as well as Lansing and Munster police were planning a large, coordinated search for Saturday morning.

Urdiales, a married father of three, was last seen on surveillance video at 11:39 p.m. Dec. 6 leaving Margarita's Bar & Grill, 19606 Burnham Ave. in Lynwood. His vehicle was found at that location Tuesday afternoon.

Urdiales' wife last saw him driving north on Calumet Avenue at 45th Avenue in Munster when he turned west toward Lansing.

His wife said he was in good health and it was unusual for him to leave without contacting loved ones.

Urdiales worked as a service porter for the last year at BMW of Schererville. Co-workers described him as upbeat and positive.

The Lansing Police Department asks anyone with information about the case to call (708) 895-7150 and ask for the criminal investigations division.

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