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Sheriff’s office identifies teen drowned in Pierson Park lake Sunday

Authorities have released the name of a 17-year-old who drowned Sunday in the Pierson Park lake in Kansas City, Kan. The Wyandotte County sheriff’s office identified the teen as Elmer Adolfo Castro-Sagastume.
Authorities have released the name of a 17-year-old who drowned Sunday in the Pierson Park lake in Kansas City, Kan. The Wyandotte County sheriff’s office identified the teen as Elmer Adolfo Castro-Sagastume. bcronkleton@kcstar.com

Authorities have released the name of a 17-year-old who drowned Sunday in the Pierson Park lake in Kansas City, Kan.

The Wyandotte County sheriff’s office identified the teen as Elmer Adolfo Castro-Sagastume. The teen was pulled from the water Sunday afternoon, hours after he was reported missing while swimming with some friends.

Castro-Sagastume’s parents live in Guatemala but he was staying with a guardian in Kansas City, Kan.

The preliminary autopsy report listed the cause of death as drowning, according to Maj. Kelli Bailiff, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office. There was no evidence of criminal intent.

Four people in their late teens had been swimming in the lake early Sunday, according to the sheriff’s office. About 2 a.m., three of the swimmers heard Castro-Sagastume cry out for help but couldn’t find him. They swam ashore and called for help.

Rescuers searched the water for hours before recovering Castro-Sagastume’s body.

The park, at 55th Street and Douglas Avenue, covers 125 acres and includes a skate park and a community center in addition to the body of water.

Saturday night was the second of four nights this year when overnight fishing was allowed at the lake. Normally, fishermen need to leave the park by midnight.

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