Bodies of 4 family members pulled from Oregon lake

Rescue personnel search Henry Hagg Lake, a reservoir in Gaston, Ore., west of Portland, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, for family members of a child who apparently drowned Monday at the lake.  The bodies of three other people were later found. Gosia Wozniacka, AP

GASTON, Ore. - Divers have recovered the bodies of a 40-year-old mother and her two children a day after another family member - a 3-year-old grandchild - was found drowned in a reservoir west of Portland.

Authorities said the three bodies found Tuesday were in about 8 feet of water at Henry Hagg Lake. They said there was no evidence of foul play, and a sheriff's spokesman said the deaths are considered accidental.

Sheriff's deputies identified the three bodies found Tuesday as those of 42-year-old Jova Ixtacua-Castano and her two children, 25-year-old Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua and 13-year-old Michael Garcia-Ixtacua.

The sheriff's office said Gabriela was the mother of the 3-year-old found Monday night. He was identified as Jeremy Scholl.

They lived together in nearby Hillsboro.

CBS affiliate KOIN in Portland said witnesses spotted the child unconscious in the water about 6:30 p.m. Monday. They pulled the little boy from the water and performed CPR until emergency responders arrived.

Their efforts were not successful and the 3-year-old died at the scene.

He was not wearing a life jacket, though life jackets were available just yards away.

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Rescue workers stand with Bear, a dog that belonged the family that apparently drowned in Henry Hagg Lake, a reservoir in Gaston, Ore.
Gosia Wozniacka, AP

A small dog found on a leash near the reservoir belonged to the family, said Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County sheriff's department. The dog is named Bear, he said.

The family's car was found in the parking lot and searchers found a beach towel, cooler, shoes and other personal items on the beach close to where the boy was found, officials said.

"It does appear there was some sort of picnic, and some sort of activity here," Ray said.

After the little boy was found, rescue workers searched late into the night for the other family members. The search resumed Tuesday, when the remaining bodies were found.

The lake is a busy recreation site, drawing 800,000 visitors a year, 6,000 a day on a busy summer weekend, officials said. It also provides drinking water for Portland suburbs. There are no lifeguards because of the lake's size, nearly 2 square miles, but the sheriff's office uses a vessel on weekends.

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