VANCEBURG -- A Chicago, Ill., teenager has drowned in a creek in Lewis County, according to Lewis County Sheriff Johnny Bivens.
According to police, several people were swimming in a creek on Glenmary Farm Tuesday when a 17-year-old boy from Chicago, submerged and failed to resurface.
Lewis County Dispatch received the 911 call alerting officials to the drowning around 2 p.m. A search was initiated for the boy, identified as Finoy Lukose, by the Lewis County Sheriff's Office, Lewis County Emergency Management, Garrison Fire and Rescue and the Camp Dix Volunteer Fire Department.
Lukose's body was located around 5 p.m., and he was pronounced dead on the scene by Lewis County Coroner Tony Gaydos.
Glenmary Farm is a Catholic organization in Lewis County that hosts missionaries from other areas of the country. Among their ministries, volunteers often assist at the Tollesboro food pantry. According to christianvolunteering.org, Glenmary Farm also assists with building houses for low-income families, working the elderly as well as mentally and physically handicapped and performs other odd jobs in the community.
The drowning of Lukose remains under investigation by the Lewis County Sheriff's Office.