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Police: Body found in lake in Graitot County identified

The Gratiot County Sheriff has identified the body found in a lake in Gratiot County as 20-year-old Giovanni Moreno, who was a student at Alma College. (Photo Credit: Joel Feick)

The Gratiot County Sheriff has identified the body found in a lake in Gratiot County as 20-year-old Giovanni Moreno.

Moreno and two of his friends went swimming around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

His friends returned to shore, and they had assumed that Moreno had left, according to the sheriff.

However, Moreno’s cell phone and other items were still at the pavilion when his friends noticed he was still gone, and that is when they called 911.

Police began a search Tuesday night, but he was not found until Wednesday morning.

Martha Moore of St. Charles, who was swimming with her grandson says "You know it's just a sad day for everyone when you lose someone. Especially on a wonderful day. You're out to have some fun in the sun, and tragedy strikes like that it's just awful".

According to the sheriff, his body was found 16 feet from the shore, and he is presumed to have drowned.

An autopsy has been scheduled.

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