File Photo – Waukegan Fire Department | Photo: Woo-Sung Shim / Lake and McHenry County Scanner

The coroner has released the identity of a McHenry man who was reported missing and then found dead in Lake Michigan near the Waukegan Harbor and Marina Friday morning.

The Waukegan Police Department responded around 6:15 a.m. Friday to the area of the Waukegan Harbor and Marina, 55 South Harbor Place in Waukegan, for a wellness check.

Waukegan Deputy Police Chief Scott Chastain told Lake and McHenry County Scanner the department went to the area to search for a missing person.

The adult male was reported missing from McHenry after he did not come home, Chastain said.

Lake County Coroner Jennifer Banek identified the man as Donald Berkoski, 56, of McHenry.

Officers searched the area and one of the officers eventually spotted Berkoski in the water.

The Waukegan Fire Department was called to the scene around 7:48 a.m. and divers pulled his body from the water.

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Chastain said Berkoski was already deceased when officers found him in the water.

Investigators believe he went down to the marina to re-dock his boat in anticipation of bad weather.

Berkoski possibly fell into the water and could not get out, Chastain said. The man was described as being a newer boater.

The death is believed to be an accidental drowning and there were no signs of foul play or suicide, Chastain said.

The Lake County Coroner’s Office was called to the scene around 8:40 a.m. and retrieved the body.

An autopsy was performed Friday and Banek said preliminary results ruled out any significant trauma.

Final results are pending toxicology testing and further medical studies.