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Authorities Identify Teen Who Drowned At Deer Creek Reservoir

FILE: Deer Creek Reservoir. (KSL TV)

WASATCH COUNTY, Utah — A Salt Lake County teenager who drowned at Deer Creek Reservoir has been identified as 17-year-old Fernando Botello Arredondo.

Utah State Parks Rangers responded to the Island Beach day-use area of Deer Creek State Park Thursday evening after receiving calls about a possible drowning.

Arredondo was playing in the reservoir when family members said he suddenly went under the water and did not resurface.

A member of the group tried to get Arredondo out of the reservoir, but officials said the water was murky and they couldn’t find him.

Park rangers said the water is 4 feet to 8 feet deep in the area and Arredondo “was not believed to have been using inflatable water toys or wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident.”

Arredondo’s body was recovered around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and park rangers said the incident is under investigation.

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