4 family members drown in Henry Hagg Lake

Life jackets found yards from where boy drowned near Sain Creek Picnic Area

GASTON, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Less than a day after a young boy apparently drowned, divers pulled three more bodies from Henry Hagg Lake.

The bodies were found not far from shore where the boy was found around 6:30 p.m. Monday. The four people from Hillsboro are all related.

Family identified

Michael Garcia Ixtacua, 13, was a student at Evergreen Middle School. (Hillsboro School District)
Michael Garcia Ixtacua, 13, was a student at Evergreen Middle School. (Hillsboro School District)

The four family members were identified as Jova Ixtacua-Castano, 42; Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua, 25; Michael Garcia-Ixtacua, 13; and 3-year-old Jeremy Scholl.

Michael, who neighbors said was a student at Evergreen Middle School, and Gabriela are brother and sister. Jova Ixtacua-Castano is the grandmother of Jeremy and the mother to Michael and Gabriela.

The three bodies found early Tuesday afternoon were found about 40 feet from shore in eight feet of water, about 60 yards from where the 3-year-old was found.

According to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the family members reportedly went to the lake on Monday afternoon for a day of picnicking and swimming.

Detectives said they found nothing suspicious and no signs of foul play. Authorities said the deaths appear to have resulted from someone likely getting into trouble in the water followed by the others attempting to help that person.

Divers said there is not a big current in the lake, but the biggest hazard is a sudden drop-off.

Sheriff’s Detectives are still searching for any answers that will help them understand the events that occurred leading up to the deaths.

The Washington County Medical Examiner will conduct autopsies on Wednesday to determine the exact cause of death.

Henry Hagg Lake will re-open Wednesday morning for full operations and services.

A memorial fund for the family has been established. Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo bank to the “Garcia Memorial Fund.”

The search began Monday

Witnesses spotted the child unconscious in the water about 6:30 p.m. Monday. They pulled the child, Jeremy, from the water and performed CPR until emergency responders arrived.

Their efforts were not successful and the 3-year-old died at the scene.

He was not wearing a life jacket, though life jackets were available just yards away.

Searchers found a beach towel, cooler, shoes and other personal items on the beach close to where the boy was found, officials said. A car registered to the same person whose belongings were on the beach was found in the parking lot.

Around 7:20 p.m., Forest Grove Fire & Rescue found evidence others were still in the water near the Sain Creek Picnic Area.

The search continued until 10:30 p.m.

An autopsy will determine how the child died, though there were no obvious signs of trauma, the Washington County medical examiner said.

KOIN 6 News will continue to update this story.

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