Coroner IDs teen who drowned in St. Marys River

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The body of a missing teenager was recovered in the St. Marys River near Foster Park Sunday morning.

It was just after 7:30 p.m. Saturday when Fort Wayne police and fire personnel were called to the river near the 3900 block of Old Mill Road on a report of a water rescue.

Witnesses said a group of boys were swimming in the St. Marys River when a 17-year-old boy went missing. The boy was wading in the area when he was swept downstream before going under the surface of the water.

The others ran to the road near Fairfield Avenue and Foster Place to flag down a car to call 911.

Responders searched the area until nightfall and continued Sunday morning. The teen was located by Indiana Conservation Officers using sonar and recovered by Fort Wayne Fire Department divers just after 10 a.m. Sunday.

His body was just downstream from where he went missing.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office on Monday identified the victim as 17-year-old Than Htway of Fort Wayne. An autopsy found he died of asphyxia due to drowning and his death was ruled accidental.

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