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Authorities identify 18-year-old who drowned at Keno Rock Quarry

A man died Monday afternoon at a remote swimming area north of Howard Prairie Lake.

Posted: Jun 18, 2019 1:16 AM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 2:37 PM


UPDATE: The young man who died at Keno Rock Quarry on Monday has been identified as 18-year-old Steven Roy Reynolds of North Bend, Oregon.

"Reynolds would have turned 19 years old next week," the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Dr. James Olson of the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed that Reynolds' death was the result of an accident caused by freshwater drowning. His family has been notified of his death.

The Sheriff's Office said that a chaplain from the Southern Oregon Public Safety Chaplains helped those involved in the response.

"JCSO wishes to thank everyone who helped at the scene and in the following hours," the agency said.

(Updated 6/18/19 at 2:30 p.m.)

INITIAL REPORT: A man died Monday afternoon at a remote swimming area north of Howard Prairie Lake.

Dispatch received a 911 call reporting that a juvenile had been found unresponsive in the water at the Keno Rock Quarry, located on Keno Access Road just south of Dead Indian Memorial Road. Deputies determined the victim was an 18-year-old male.

According to witnesses, the man had been swimming when he went underwater and did not surface. Medical personnel arrived and continued resuscitation efforts, but the man died at the scene.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the incident.

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