EAST ST. LOUIS — The body of a man missing for more than two weeks was found Tuesday morning in the lake at Jones Park.
Police Chief Michael Floore said relatives identified the body as Dewey "Maine" Shy, 47, of East St. Louis. He was found submerged by the edge of the lake by two passers-by just as police and volunteers were about to start a search.
St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone said Shy, of 2904 Waverly Ave., was pronounced dead at 9:56 a.m. Tuesday.
Between 25 and 30 volunteers, search dogs, a dive team and police assembled Tuesday morning to search around Shy's home when the call came in that a body had been found in the park. Floore said it appeared Shy drowned.
Floore said it was too early to determine whether foul play was involved, but there was no bullet wound or other sign of obvious trauma. He said an autopsy would be needed to provide further details, including how long he'd been in the lake.
Stone said an autopsy will be conducted Wednesday.
Shy had a caregiver and was dependent on medications to control his schizophrenia, family said previously. He had not been taking them as prescribed before he went missing Nov. 17.
Floore said he was grateful to all the volunteers and Red Cross who had assembled to find Shy.
Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.