19-year-old drowns at quarry
Alcohol was a factor in the incident that killed the Ash Grove man, officials say.
ASH GROVE -- A nighttime swim at the Phenix Quarry near Walnut Grove ended with the drowning of an Ash Grove man early Tuesday morning.
Adam Patenburg, 19, was pronounced dead at the side of a pool formed when water collected in a part of the quarry.
Emergency crews tried to resuscitate Patenburg after they were called to the scene about 12:45 a.m. The privately owned quarry is at 9455 N. Farm Road 45, about three miles south of Walnut Grove.
One of the two women swimming with Patenburg said he went under water and didn't resurface, Walnut Grove Fire Protection District Chief Jim Cummins said.
Although the quarry pool is a popular spot, Cummins said, it was the first time in his 35 years with the Walnut Grove department that he had been called to a drowning there.
Greene County Lt. Shawn Eakins said alcohol was involved in the accident. He said trespassing charges could be filed against the other young people at the quarry.
The Greene County Medical Examiner's Office had not performed an autopsy Tuesday night, but external examination of the body indicated no injuries, David Brown, investigator with the medical examiner's office, said.
Brown said the victim was swimming in dark, murky water, away from public areas. He said apparently the victim's ability to swim was impaired.
A memorial fund has been set up for Patenburg at the Bank of Ash Grove in Ash Grove to help the family pay for expenses.