Northwestern student Peter Salvino moved out of Chicago Harbor

The body of a missing Northwestern University graduate student was pulled from a Chicago port on Tuesday, two days after he was last seen leaving a party, officials said.

Divers from the Chicago Police Department recovered the body of 25-year-old Peter Salvino from the Port of Diversey around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The grim find was made in the 2400 block of North Cannon Drive, near where Salvino’s phone last rang early Sunday morning.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office later confirmed his identity. As of Wednesday, no cause of death had been announced.

Cops said the graduate student was last seen alive leaving a party in the Lincoln Park neighborhood late Saturday.

Police said he FaceTimed with a friend at 11:59 p.m. Saturday and said he walked to his home and about half a mile away.

Peter Salvin
The body of Peter Salvino was pulled from Chicago Harbor on Tuesday.
Facebook/Martin Salvino

The friend called him again about 15 minutes later to confirm he had arrived home, but Salvino said he was still on the road.

Salvino’s cell phone rang at 12:31 a.m. Sunday near Diversey Harbor, and about six minutes later Salvino’s friend called him again to see if he had returned, but the call went unanswered.

Scotty Gruszka, Salvino’s brother-in-law, told ABC 7 Chicago that during the FaceTime call with the friend, Salvino said he was cold.

The police arrive at the scene where the student's body was found.

Police are investigating the crime scene where the Salvino’s body was discovered.

Scene where the body was discovered

Salvino was last seen partying in the Lincoln Park neighborhood on Saturday night.



An official cause of death has not yet been released.


Gruszka added that instead of going to his apartment, his brother-in-law actually left home.

Several friends texted Salvino between then and 9:30 a.m., but all messages went unanswered and calls on his phone went straight to voicemail, police said.

Salvino was a graduate student in Northwestern’s interdepartmental neuroscience program.

Peter Salvin
Salvino was a 25-year-old graduate student.
Chicago Police Department

His father Martin Salvino, who was actively involved in the search for his son, posted a somber update on his Facebook page on Wednesday.

“We are both shocked and relieved to report that we found Peter searching at sea in Diversey Harbor late Tuesday,” he said. “We are exceedingly grateful for their diligence, without which Peter might not have been found. At this time, our family appreciates the public that affords us privacy as we process our grief at this devastating loss.”

With postal wires Northwestern student Peter Salvino moved out of Chicago Harbor


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