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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Drowning victim identified

  • Six-year-old, Noah Cook, of Fenton, was swimming with family and friends on Friday afternoon at Fugitive Beach when he went missing. According to Mark Kearse, who along with his wife, D'ettra, own the popular swimming spot, at around 1:30 p.m., a girl, approximately 12-years-old, came running up to him and said her brother was missing. He had been swimming with a flotation device just offshore.
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  • Six-year-old, Noah Cook, of Fenton, was swimming with family and friends on Friday afternoon at Fugitive Beach when he went missing. According to Mark Kearse, who along with his wife, D'ettra, own the popular swimming spot, at around 1:30 p.m., a girl, approximately 12-years-old, came running up to him and said her brother was missing. He had been swimming with a flotation device just offshore.
    Kearse immediately announced on the beach's public address system that there was a missing child and called in the Phelps County Sheriff's Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) and dive teams.  
    The public helped by searching the waters of the abandoned quarry and combing through the property's wooded trails and paths.
    A little more than a hour later, a dive team found Cook's body about 40 feet offshore in 15 feet of water. He was pronounced dead by the Phelps County Coroner's office.
    Kearse, who is Rolla's chief of police, and his wife released the following statement:
    "My wife and I are sadden to announce that today, at the Fugitive Beach, we had an apparent drowning of a six-year-old-boy. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends. Please be respectful to all involved. This is a very hard time for everyone.
    We want to thank those that helped in this trying time, the public at the beach were very respectful and helpful, a St. Louis fireman, the Phelps County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD), Missouri State Highway Patrol, Rolla City and Rural Fire Departments, Phelps County Ambulance, Rolla Police Department and our staff. Thank you all. The incident was investigated by the MSHP and PCSD, along with the Phelps County Coroner..."
     Phelps County Coroner's Office stated that  an autopsy is scheduled to take place this week.

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