DEPUTIES INVESTIGATING DROWNING ELKHORN VALLEY CAMPGROUND ***UPDATE 2***
Date: 6/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
Posted: Sheriff's Office
News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
FlashAlert: June 19th, 2017 11:21 AM
have identified yesterday's drowning victim as Kendall Alexander, age 13, of
Tigrad. Kendall was an eighth grade student at Fowler Middle School. Kendall was
swimming with friends when he drowned after being swept down river. Adults
swimming with Kendall attempted to reach him but were
Yesterday's events are tragic and our thoughts are with the
Alexander family. Kendall's drowning is the second death since our weather has
begun to warm. Areas like the North Fork still have very high, swift and cold
water. The Sheriff's Office recommends that any person recreating in open water
should be wearing a life vest.
Kendall's family does not wish to release
his photograph and they do not want to be contacted by media.
At 6:15 p.m., the body of the swimmer who drowned
early today was recovered by on scene rescue personnel prior to the arrival of
the dive team. The Sheriff's Office thoughts are with the family of the victim
during this very difficult time. The Sheriff's Office is still not prepared to
share the victim's identity or gender, that information will be provided
Around 4:15 p.m., deputies with the
Marion County Sheriff's Office and fire personnel were called to the Elkhorn
Valley Camp Ground after a 13 year old swimmer went missing. The teen was
swimming with friends when they went underwater and did not resurface.
Multiple rescuers are currently on scene assisting the swimmers friends
who have become stranded on the opposite bank of the river. A dive team with the
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office has been requested and is responding to
attempt to recover the drowned teen.
There are no further details
available at this time. The Sheriff's Office is not currently releasing the name
or gender of the missing swimmer until their family can be located and notified.
The Sheriff's Office does not anticipate any further release until sometime
Monday. Due to the remote nature of this incident there are no images available
for this release.
Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
Information Officer Lt. Chris Baldridge
Cell Phone: 503.930.0579
On Twitter: @MCSOInTheKnow