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Posted on: June 18, 2020

Update on Drowning Investigation

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Loudoun County, VA (June 18, 2020) –The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) continues to investigate the tragic drowning of a 16-year-old on June 4 near the River Creek community. 

Detectives assigned to the case have interviewed nearly two dozen people at the scene, to include multiple interviews of his friends who were with him that night, as well as independent witnesses who were in the area at the time of the incident. Information from the community suggests there may have been additional people who were in the area who have not spoken with law enforcement. If you were at the scene and have not spoken with a detective, please contact the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.

The Lansdowne teenager and his friends were swimming across the confluence of Goose Creek and the Potomac River on the evening of June 4 and as he crossed the water he was observed going underwater. He was pulled from Goose Creek after being underwater for a period of time.

Since that evening, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has conducted a thorough, objective, and impartial investigation into his death. As part of the investigation the LCSO has: 

•    Established a timeline of the sequence of events to include the response to the scene.

•    Deployed the agency’s dive team to analyze underwater currents, debris and the depth of the water.

•    Requested media helicopter footage of the scene from a local news channel.

•    Deployed a drone to obtain aerial images of the area.

•    Requested full autopsy results from the Office of the Medical Examiner as soon as they become available.

•    Conducted and will continue to conduct interviews of any potential witnesses.   

 Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to please contact Detective Shannon Coderre at 703-777-0475 or by email     

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