EATON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) – A family visit turned tragic when a teen from North Carolina drowned in an Eaton County pond while visiting family last night.
This is the third mid-Michigan drowning in under a week, the first two taking place in Jackson County.
42-year-old Dennis Henderson drowned in Vandercook Lake while trying to keep an infant above water and 54-year-old Verne Southworth drowned in Wolf Lake. Both happened on Tuesday.
This leads to the third drowning that happened last night around 9 o’clock as Eaton County Sheriff’s Officials and a dive team searched for Keagon Rouser.
He is from North Carolina and was in Hamlin Township visiting family.
Officials say Rouser was trying to swim across a pond off Springport Road. That’s just south of Eaton Rapids.
Eaton County Undersheriff Jeffrey Cook said at first the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a missing 14-year-old at a home in Hamlin Township. From there he says, the situation only got worse.
When Eaton County Sheriff’s Officials first arrived at a home on Springport Road, a family member told them that 14-year-old Keagon Rouser was missing and the family member saw him enter a private pond.
“The witness reported seeing the male go underwater near the middle of the pond and not resurface,” said Eaton County Undersheriff Jeffrey Cook.
Rouser’s family then started searching for him in the pond, but had to call 911 for help, bringing multiple other agencies to the home.
“Divers entered the water in a very exhaustive search for the victim,” said Cook.
After a three hour search, through thick weeds and poor water visibility, divers found Rouser’s body in the pond around one thirty this morning. Undersheriff Cook was there at the time of the search.
“It was a very exhaustive effort by every agency there in attempting to find Keagon,” said Cook.
Cook says the situation was devastating and he hopes the family can find a way to cope in such a difficult time.
“This is a horrific tragedy for the family, very difficult to deal with a situation like this. Our hearts go out to all of the family members of Keagon,” said Cook.
With this being the third local drowning this week, we’ve also spoke with officials about the importance of water safety.
For tips on how you can stay safe before heading out to the lake or pool, head over to Seen on 6.