Body pulled from Milwaukee River identified as Nick Wilcox

ME calls it an accidental drowning

CREATED Mar. 28, 2013 - UPDATED: Mar. 29, 2013

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  • Kettle Moraine High School graduate Nick Wilcox was last seen New Year's Day outside Milwaukee's Irish Rec Room. Anyone with information about his disappearance should contact the MPD at (414) 935-7403. Image by Steve Garrison - Journal Sentinel

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MILWAUKEE -The body that Milwaukee Police discovered floating in the Milwaukee River behind 1030 N. Old World 3rd Street Thursday night, March 28, has been positively identified as 24-year-old UWM student Nick Wilcox.

According to the Milwaukee County medical examiner, Wilcox's cause of death is drowning, and the suggested manner of death is an accident. According to police, there were two forms of ID found on Wilcox, in a wallet, when his body was found. The driver's license tentatively identified the body.

Dental records helped make the positive identification Friday morning, March 29.

According to Investigator Michael Martin, two Milwaukee Police officers saw the body as they were walking the dock around 6 p.m. Thursday night. The MPD dive team recovered the body just before 8:45 p.m.

According to the medical examiner, there were no signs of trauma or injury to Wilcox's body. MPD says the body had been in the water for several months.

Wilcox, 24, disappeared on New Year's Day. He was last seen at the Irish Rec Room just a couple blocks away from the site of the discovery. Wilcox was a student at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and a graduate of Kettle Moraine High School.

Family and friends had been searching frantically for him ever since.

"We're just doing it again and again and again and we're not going to stop until we find something," Nick's sister Andrea Wilcox said of their search just days after his disappearance.

The discovery will hopefully lead to closure for a family who has been searching for their brother and son for almost three months.

"He's got a big heart, a big cheesy smile," Andrea Wilcox said. "I'm going to miss that cheesy smile."