HAGG LAKE, Ore. – A day after a 3-year-old boy drowned at Henry Hagg Lake, three of his family members' bodies were pulled from there Tuesday morning.
Sheriff’s deputies had been searching for the boy’s family after he was found unconscious in the water Monday evening around 6 p.m. Efforts to save the boy were unsuccessful.
Deputies had found a beach towel, cooler and other things nearby, as well as a car in the parking lot.
Washington County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray said the boy's family members were found about 50 yards from where the boy was found, 40 feet offshore and in 8 feet of water.
He identified the victims as 3-year-old Jeremy Scholl, 13-year-old Michael Garcia-Ixtacua, 25-year-old Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua and 42-year-old Jova Ixtacua-Castano.
Ray said Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua was the 3-year-old boy's mother, Jova Ixtacua-Castano was the boy's grandmother and Michael Garcia-Ixtacua was the boy's uncle.
The family - who lived together in nearby Hillsboro - had gone to Henry Hagg Lake on Monday for a picnic.
Ray said there was no evidence of foul play and the victims weren't wearing life jackets. The sheriff's office does not know at this time what happened but considers it a "tragic accident."
Nobody saw what happened Monday. The search was called off Monday night around 10:30, and began again Tuesday morning at 10
The last drowning in Hagg Lake was in 2008. Ray said there are daily patrols but the lake is huge.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.