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3 bodies of family members found in Oregon lake

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 26, 2014 at 6:46 pm •  Published: August 26, 2014
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GASTON, Ore. (AP) — Divers on Tuesday recovered the bodies of a mother and two of her children who authorities say drowned in a popular lake west of Portland.

The discovery came a day after the body of the woman's 3-year-old grandson was recovered after he also drowned in the same area of Henry Hagg Lake, authorities said.

The family lived in nearby Hillsboro and had gone to the lake for a picnic on Monday.

It was not clear exactly what happened to the family, but law enforcement officials said they found no sign of foul play.

"We're just considering this a tragic accident," said Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County sheriff's office.

Deputies identified the three bodies found Tuesday as those of Jova Ixtacua-Castano, 42, her daughter Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua, 25, and son Michael Garcia-Ixtacua, 13.

The 3-year-old boy found Monday night was identified as Jeremy Scholl, the son of Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua.

Because of its size of nearly 2 square miles, the lake has no lifeguards, but the sheriff's office uses a vessel on weekends for patrols.

The three bodies were discovered about 40 feet offshore in 8 feet of water, and about 50 yards from the spot where the 3-year-old was found.

Authorities worried about the rest of the family after they recovered the boy's body at the site Monday evening and found personal items nearby, including a beach towel, cooler, shoes, identification, as well as a small dog on a leash.

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