Camas, Wa. – Camas police are still investigating the drowning death of a 14-year-old boy in Lacamas Lake. Officers came to the lake around 6pm last night when the boy’s friends called 911. They had been swimming with him and jumping off the foot bridge, but the boy disappeared. His friends thought he was playing around with them, so they left. Later, they realized something was wrong. Divers entered the water after 9pm last night and the boy’s body was located within minutes.
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On August 20th at 6:08 p.m., Camas Police was dispatched to the 3300 block of NE Everett St., Lacamas Lake, for a welfare check on a missing 14-year-old friend.
Upon arrival, Officers contacted a group of juvenile males who reported not seeing their friend for about an hour. The group of five friends arrived around 4:00 p.m. and had been swimming in the lake and jumping off the foot bridge into the water. This is a popular swimming area and non-motorized water sports area.
The group of boys reported not seeing or remembering their friend come out of the water. They didn’t know if he was playing around with them and they went on a search for him. After about an hour, one of the friends called 911 for help.
The boy’s belongings were still on the walking bridge and there was no evidence the boy left and went home or went with other friends.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office Dive and Rescue Team, the Multnomah County Dive Team and the Camas-Washougal Fire Department assisted in the search.
Divers entered the water around 9:23 p.m. and the boy’s body was located within minutes.
Family has been notified.