Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 3, 2013

Authorities: Bodies of 2 brothers found in pond

LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Two brothers, ages 7 and 9, apparently drowned accidentally in a recently dug pond on their family farm in West Michigan, authorities said Friday.

The boys were found Thursday evening in the spring-fed pond beside a house in Lake Township, Lake County Undersheriff Dennis Robinson told the Ludington Daily News. Carr Fire Chief Bruce Burke identified the boys as Leander Troyer and his older brother, Jethro.

"It looks like one fell in and the other probably went in to save him," Burke, who is a farmer and knew the boys' family, told the newspaper. "It's just hard to say. They're just typical 7- and 9-year-old boys, just doing what they do, out and about playing. ... There's just no way of knowing what really happened," he said.

Authorities are considering the deaths accidental drownings, Robinson told, and said they're investigating.

According to Robinson, the boys had clothes on and it doesn't appear they intended to go swimming. They didn't come home on time Thursday, so their parents went looking for them and found them on the farm, about 70 miles northeast of Grand Rapids.

Jethro and Leander were the oldest of the family's four boys, the Daily News reported.

The water in the pond, which is 7 to 8 feet deep, was measured at 49 degrees Thursday, Robinson said.

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