Mateo Olvera-Sandoval was on the Chicago Riverwalk near the Loop Tuesday morning killing time before work when he noticed something drifting in the water.

“I was just sitting there on the riverside. … Then, all of a sudden, I just see a little bob or ball in the water, then somebody else noticed it too,” the 19-year-old said.

His first thought was that it was typical river trash, but after a second look, he saw the body of what appeared to be a man floating head up near the river’s edge. “We’re kind of shocked, and people are still running or walking by.” But some did notice. One woman had to sit down for a moment after realizing the body was there, said Olvera-Sandoval, a Hyde Park resident. A man nearby called authorities.

Olvera-Sandoval said the Chicago Fire Department was the first to arrive. Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said a call came in about 9 a.m. for a person in the water near the Clark Street bridge. The department notified police upon discovering the person was dead.

The Chicago Police Department Marine Unit responded to recover the body, said Officer Michael Carroll, a police spokesman. Authorities said the body was a man in his 20s or 30s.

Detectives are investigating the incident.

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