Boy found dead at Oregon reservoir; family sought

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GASTON, Ore. (AP) - Searchers who fear there are more victims are looking for family members of a child who apparently drowned during a day at the beach along a reservoir west of Portland.

Fire officials said they found a beach towel, a cooler, shoes and other personal items Monday after they tried to resuscitate the child, who was about 4 years old.

They're also caring for a small dog they found on a leash, The Oregonian reported.

"Deputies fear there may be additional drowning victims," the Washington County sheriff's office said in a press release.

The boy wasn't identified. The items on the beach belonged to a person whose vehicle was in a parking lot of a picnic area at Henry Hagg Lake, the sheriff's department said. A search was suspended Monday night and was resuming Tuesday.

"It does appear there was some sort of picnic, and some sort of activity here," sheriff's Sgt. Bob Ray said Monday.

Deputies said they were called to the reservoir by people who found the boy in the water. Two people fishing nearby saw him.

Authorities said the child did not appear to be wearing a life jacket, although a rack with free child-size jackets is at the entrance of the picnic area.

They said he was in water about 8 feet deep, but Ray said the depth near the shoreline can be deceiving.

"The water is low. There are creeks that run through here, and sharp drop-offs," he said. "You could be in a few inches of water, and you could take one step and it could be several feet deep."

The impoundment supplies drinking water in the western Portland metropolitan area and has boat ramps, stocked fish and picnic areas.

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