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Updated: 7:53 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2012 | Posted: 3:16 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2012
MONONGALIA COUNTY, W.Va. —
After several hours of searching, crews recovered a teenager's body from Cheat Lake on Tuesday.
The sister and aunt of the 16-year-old victim tell Channel 11's Timyka Artist they were shocked that he was even in the water.
The teen was last seen playing with his brother and friends in the water near the Ices Ferry Bridge. He was first reported missing at 1:38 p.m.
A Monongalia Emergency Management spokesperson tells Channel 11 News that dive teams from multiple agencies, including several volunteer fire departments, searched the reservoir.
Family members said after a friend swam across the lake, Ronald Economus tried to make it across too.
The group of boys told investigators that Economus recently hurt his arm playing baseball. They said he went under water about halfway across the lake and began to struggle.
Economus' body was found near the shore.
Deputies from the Monongalia Sheriff's Department said they believe the drowning was an accident.
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