Wednesday, August 12, 2009

College student from Beaver County dies in Wis. lake

From this morning's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May God's peace be with his family and friends.

Authorities in Wisconsin have not determined the cause of death of a Beaver County teen and Wheaton College student whose body was found late Saturday in a lake on the college's camp site.

Alexander J. Heidengren, 18, had been reported missing at 10:50 a.m. Saturday in Three Lakes, Wis., a town that is home to the ministry camp operated by Wheaton College of Illinois.

Police in Three Lakes organized an intensive search with various agencies in the region, and search dogs led recovery teams to the edge of Long Lake.

Divers using sonar and underwater cameras located the body at 9:25 p.m., more than 11 hours after Mr. Heidengren was reported missing.

Three Lakes police and the Oneida County, Wis., medical examiner still are investigating the cause of death.

Mr. Heidengren was about to enter his sophomore year at Wheaton College. He had been serving as a camp counselor during the summer.

A graduate of Beaver County Christian School, Mr. Heidengren was one of four children of the Rev. John and Blanche Heidengren. Rev. Heidengren is rector at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church in Chippewa.

Doug Carson, the teen's high school principal at Beaver County Christian, said Mr. Heidengren's parents had been visiting on Saturday with him and his older brother, Jonathan, who is to be a senior this fall at Wheaton.

The parents were on their way home when camp officials notified them that their son was missing.

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