KINGSTON – An Illinois Conservation Police officer found 23-year-old Steven Schulz of DeKalb dead in the Kishwaukee River today, ending the two-day search.
Schulz, a 2009 Sycamore High School graduate, was reported missing by family members Monday evening. A DeKalb County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol found Schulz’s Ford pickup truck about 2:40 a.m. Monday near Route 72 and Glidden Road in rural Kingston, so about 20 searchers scoured the river within a half-mile of that point Tuesday using dogs, a boat and a helicopter.
After about five hours of searching today, the conservation officer in a kayak found the body about a quarter-mile north of the Glidden Road bridge 40 to 50 feet off shore about 1 p.m. DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller pronounced him dead near the river.
"We're very certain it's him, but the investigation is still ongoing," DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said.
An autopsy is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday.
Glidden Road between Route 72 and River Lane is closed except to residents with proper identification until about 9 p.m., DeKalb County authorities said in a news release. The road may be closed periodically after that during the investigation.