Tom Hecht's body found in Milwaukee River

CREATED Mar. 22, 2012 - UPDATED: Mar. 22, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - TODAY'S TMJ4 confirms that the body of Tom Hecht has been found.

Someone walking along the Milwaukee River discovered his body near River Center Drive, just north of the Time Warner Building in Downtown Milwaukee.

He had gone missing nearly two weeks ago after a night of drinking on Water Street.  He was last seen on March 10th at about 10:30 p.m. at Rosie's Pub.

"We received a (911) call at 11:05 this morning about a body in the river, floating from north to south," said Milwaukee Fire Battalion Chief Christopher Snyder to TODAY'S TMJ4's Jermont Terry live on TODAY'S TMJ4's Live at Noon.

"Our divers secured the body." 

He said the body was put onto a Coast Guard boat.

According to Snyder, Hecht's family came to the scene of the body's discovery.  They were heading to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office for their own confirmation.  The medical examiner's office plans to perform an autopsy on the body Friday.

Hecht lived near the corner of North Humboldt Avenue and Commerce Street, about a half mile from the place where his body was found.

Throughout the day, friends turned out to look at the scene where Hecht may have went under, many like Nathan Phipps, saying a prayer and placing flowers in the water to memorialize the 28-year-old.

According to TomHecht.com, people had planned to gather later Thursday night at 5:30 p.m. in an effort to find him.

Check back for more details on this breaking story as they come in to us.