A body pulled out of Lake Michigan near Promontory Point Park on Sunday, May 8, has been identified as a medical student who had been missing for more than two weeks.
28-year-old Ambrose Monye was a fourth-year medical student at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico and was on a two-year rotation at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Centre in Chicago.
He was last seen on April 21, walking towards the University of Chicagoâ€™s John Crerar Library, a medical research library at 5730 S. Ellis Av.
Family members say Monyeâ€™s disappearance was strange because he was preparing to graduate in a few weeks. His younger brother said all the lights were on at Monyeâ€™s apartment, and the refrigerator was full of groceries when police went to check on him after he was reported missing.
â€œHeâ€™s just four weeks from his goal. His tickets to graduation are already bought for the ceremony. He ordered his cap and gown and everything,â€ Joseph Monye,(pictured) Ambroseâ€™s younger brother, told Dateline NBC before he was found. â€œI still have hope that my brother is out there, but itâ€™s hard to be optimistic since itâ€™s been so long.â€
â€œHe frequents the coffee shops in the Hyde Park neighborhood,â€ Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Officer Laura Amezaga told NewsOne
On May 8, a body was discovered at 5400 S. Lake Shore Drive. It took a few days, but the body was identified as that of Monye, Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Officer Nicole TrainorÂ told NewsOne.
â€œHe has been identified and now itâ€™s a death investigation,â€ Trainor said. â€œItâ€™s an investigation to determine the cause of the death.â€
Trainor said itâ€™s unclear if foul play was involved, or even when Monyeâ€™s body entered the lake. If any sort of foul play is discovered, the death investigation would become a homicide investigation.
Joseph Monye, also a medical student, said he last spoke to his brother just before his disappearance and nothing seemed out of the ordinary. Monye was a quiet and soft-spoken athlete who was interested in pursuing a career in cardiology.
The brothers are from outside of Baltimore, and come from a family of doctors. Joseph said their lives revolved around studying and more studying.
â€œThatâ€™s literally all we do, because we donâ€™t want to encounter any kind of problems, so we just keep to ourselves. We focus on our studies, and mind our business, and itâ€™s odd enough this happened,â€ Joseph said.
A cause of death has not yet been determined.
Source: News One/ Fox News