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Coroner identifies teen who drowned at East Fork State Park

Body recovered from lake at east fork state park
Posted at 4:08 PM, May 30, 2022

BATAVIA, Ohio — The Hamilton County Coroner's Office identified the teen who drowned in the Harsha Lake at the East Fork State Park in Clermont County on Memorial Day.

The coroner's office said 16-year-old Yeiso Laines from Florence drowned.

Laines' body was recovered from Harsha Lake at East Fork State Park in Clermont County, according to a press release from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

ODNR officers were called just before 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon, the press release said. Witnesses at the scene told ODNR officers that a 16-year-old went under the surface of Harsha Lake while swimming and did not resurface.

The teen was found a short time later, but ODNR said they are investigating the incident as a drowning.

The Clermont County Sheriff's Office joined the search and brought in the Task Force 1 dive team to help search the lake.

Officials have not confirmed any details about what may have caused the drowning.

The park was filled with families and people spending Memorial Day by the beach or on the water. Several witnesses were nearby when the teen disappeared below the surface of the lake.

"I moved closer and realized the mom was just losing her mind," said Natasha Diaz, who witnessed the incident. "She was just crying. Screaming. Yelling his name. Literally falling to the floor."

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