Boy, 15, recovered from Crystal Lake pond is dead

Updated 4/18/2014 5:10 PM

A 15-year-boy from Crystal Lake who jumped into a pond during a party in unincorporated McHenry County died Thursday night, authorities said.

Jose A. Esquivel was attending a party for another teen at a residence in the 6100 block of Haligus Road, the McHenry County sheriff's office said in a news release.


McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski Friday confirmed the preliminary cause of death to be drowning. She said additional students are pending, and that "no suspicious circumstances or foul play is suspected."

Neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be a factor at this time, and no criminal charges are anticipated, the sheriff's office said.

Witnesses reported Esquivel stripped off his clothing and jumped into the pond from a pier, the release said.

The Crystal Lake Fire Department was called when the boy didn't come to the surface at about 9 p.m. Thursday night, authorities said.

Divers recovered the body at about 10:30 p.m. Esquivel was found under the surface of the pond in about eight feet of water, officials said.

He was in critical condition when he was rushed to Centegra Woodstock Hospital, authorities said.

Esquivel was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m., Majewski said Friday.

Divers from numerous area departments were called to the scene to assist the Crystal Lake Fire Department in the search.

• Daily Herald staff writer Lee Filas contributed to this story.

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