21-year-old Lauren Li of Burnsville was located and pulled from the river by rescue crews around 1:00 p.m.
CHICAGO - The body of a Minnesota woman was recovered from the Chicago River early Wednesday afternoon.
Television station WMAQ reports that 21-year-old Lauren Li of Burnsville was located and pulled from the river by rescue crews around 1:00 p.m.
Li's father told the Chicago Tribune that he had concerns about her trip to Chicago, and lent her his pickup truck so she and her friends would arrive safely.
"I didn't want her to go at first, but I just gave in." Li told a Tribune reporter over the telephone. "Because I love her so much and I wanted her to be happy. But it turned out so bad. Now that won't matter at all."
Li was among three people who fell through the ice early Monday after one dropped their cell phone off a bridge. Ken Hoang of St. Paul, also drowned, while his cousin Quoc Viet Phan Hoang was rescued.
Quoc Viet Phan Hoang was released from Presence Saint Joseph Hospital early Wednesday. He firmly denied a request for an interview.
"I lost two good friends," Quoc Viet Phan Hoang told reporters on Tuesday, before his release. "It's not easy seeing your friend drift away and having one die in your arms. I have never felt so helpless in my life. This situation is very emotionally difficult and out of respect for the families involved I would like to leave it at that. Thank you for everyone's thoughts and prayers."