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. / Benjamin Brink, AP
GASTON, Ore. - Searchers on Tuesday found three more bodies in an Oregon lake a day after a boy was found drowned there, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said.
The bodies were identified as 42-year-old Jova Ixtacua-Castano; her 13-year-old son, Michael Garcia-Ixtacua; and her 25-year-old daughter, Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua. The 3-year-old boy found on Monday was Jeremy Scholl, the son of Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua and grandson of Ixtacua-Castano.
The bodies were found in Henry Hagg Lake, west of Portland
The family lived together in Hillsboro.
"Right now, we're just kind of looking at it as a very unfortunate tragedy," said Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Friends said the four came to Hagg Lake for a day outing on Monday.
Authorities are still trying to determine how all four people ended up in the water.
"The best we can tell ... is someone got into some sort of trouble," said Ray. "The other two maybe went out to try to assist them."
Searchers found the three bodies Tuesday in approximately 8 feet of water, about 50 yards from where the 3-year-old boy was found Monday.
None of the victims was wearing a life jacket.
Merlin Tague, who was visiting the area from another state, spotted a boy face-down in the water near the Sain Creek picnic area Monday evening.
"I pulled him out, yelled at the people on the hill to call the cops, and then we started doing CPR right away," Tague said.
He and one other person performed CPR, but they were unsuccessful.
The sheriff's office reported they could not locate the boy's parents and that's when divers were called in to search.
Investigators found an unattended white car in a nearby parking lot. Forest Grove Fire spokesman David Nemeyer said a photo of the boy was found inside the car.
The search was resumed at 10 a.m. Tuesday, and the additional bodies were found just before 12 p.m.
There have been previous drownings and near-drownings at Henry Hagg Lake, near the same area where the four family members were found.
That side of the lake can be dangerous because it has a steep drop-off formed by the channel of a former river bed running beneath the reservoir.
In 2012, eight children nearly drowned after wading into the lake and stepping from that underwater drop-off. They were saved by six people at a family reunion who heard the children yelling and formed a human chain to pull them to shore.
Contributing: Mark Hanrahan of KGW; The Associated Press\
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