A missing teen was pronounced dead Tuesday morning after falling in a Claremore pond.
Local authorities stated that James Keith Chambers was found Tuesday morning around 10:30 a.m. in a neighborhood pond. This is near the 2400 block of North Chambers Avenue in Claremore. They found him after about two-and-a-half hours of searching Tuesday morning. Search efforts halted Monday evening when the cold weather affected divers' equipment.
"We're saddened at the news and that we can't bring James home to his family," said Claremore Police Assistant Chief Charles Downum.
Officials at the scene told KTUL that the teen was found in the lake submerged in eight feet of water. He was reported missing Sunday after going for a walk in the neighborhood. Police said the pond is about a half mile from his home.
Some neighbors watched from behind police tape. The Pease family lives near the pond. Krislyn Pease is a sophomore at Claremore High School. She is in Chambers' class. She said she had only spoken to him a couple of times. She said everyone called him "Keith" and that he played baseball.
Gale Pease said she and her husband have talked to their children about the importance of staying off ice. She called Keith's death "heartbreaking."
Gloves were found in a pond near a home in the Claremore residential area and local authorities focused their efforts on the pond. A dive team assisted.
Tulsa County Sheriff's Office confirmed they were assisting the Claremore Police Department in the search.
Claremore Police said Oklahoma temperatures do not freeze ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water well enough for people to walk on ice safely.
The Chambers family did not comment on their loss shortly after receiving the news.
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