Officers find 5-year-old drowning victim PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 06 June 2014 09:28

By VICTORIA CALDERON

• Leader & Times

 

Both victims of a double drowning that occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Evans Chambers Lake, also known as Clear Lake, in Beaver County, Okla., have been recovered by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The first victim, Betty Jean McManaway, a 48-year-old woman from Beaver, was seen running into the water at 3:30 p.m. that day. About 15 minutes later, her body was found floating in front of a boat ramp. She was recovered from the water by witnesses, according to a report from the OHP.

The second victim was a 5-year-old boy identified as Aiden Hammock Thompson, also from Beaver.

His body was not found until 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, 50 yards off the west bank between the boat ramp and the first set of islands. The OHP report said he was recovered by the Beaver County Sheriff’s Office. No other details were released on how his body was discovered in the dark.

Marine enforcements, a dive team and various other local law enforcement agencies all came together to search for Thompson’s body.

Divers with OHP were scheduled to assist recovery efforts  at daylight Thursday but never entered the water due to the fact deputies found him at 2:45 in the morning.

Neither of the victims were wearing life jackets.

 

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