Autopsy results expected Friday on body of Tom Hecht

Autopsy results expected Friday on body of Tom Hecht

By the WTMJ News Team. CREATED Mar 23, 2012

MILWAUKEE - Autopsy results should officially reveal the identity of a body found in the Milwaukee River.  Sources say the body is that of Tom Hecht, a man who had gone missing for nearly two weeks.

Friends and family have shared their emotions since the discovery of the body.

"We were hoping for a positive outcome of some kinds, a better outcome, but (they) found Tom," said Tom Jaeck, who calls himself a close friend of Hecht's.

"I had to just sit back and was deeply, deeply saddened...I got here as soon as I could."

Milwaukee Police and the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office have not confirmed the identity of the body.  Someone spotted it in the river late Thursday morning.

"Got here with our dive response," said Milwauke Fire Battalion Chief Christopher Snyder.

"We put two divers in the water immediately...they secured the body."

Hecht went missing nearly two weeks ago, after a nigh of drinking on Water Street.

His parents and friends searched every day for him, spreading their plea for help on billboards and online.

Now, they are coping with a tragedy.

"I think we hoped we would find him alive, and today is unfortunately a really sad day," explained Nathan Phipps, who described himself as a friend of Hecht's.