St. Clair County, IL (KMOV.com) -- Investigators in St. Clair County, Illinois are looking into the drowning deaths of a Waterloo woman, her young son and her son’s friend.
The incident happened Friday evening in a lake along the 3100 block of Loehr Road in unincorporated Waterloo.
The dead are identified as Kathy Baxmeyer, 40, her son Kadin ,7, and his friend Steven (Austin) Baum, 6.
According to authorities they received a call around midnight Saturday morning in reference to a missing six-year-old boy. The child’s mother told deputies that her son, Steven, was visiting a friend, Kadin. It was Kadin’s birthday and his mother was taking the boys to see a movie.
Steven’s mother became concerned when they failed to return home and Kathy Baxmeyer failed to answer her cell phone.
Deputies started investigating and soon found boots and gloves near a lake close to the residence. A Monroe County deputy used his Sheriff K-9 to track the smell from the clothing to the lake. Farther out into the lake a hole in the ice could be seen.
Divers from the Swansea Fire Department were called in and found the bodies in about 12 feet of water. The three were pronounced dead at the scene.
“Although initial indications and evidence point to a tragic accident where three people fell through ice and drowned, we are in the process of conducting a thorough death investigation. Sheriff’s Investigators, the Coroner’s Office and State Police Crime Scene personnel are working closely together to investigate this incident. This is a sad reminder of the dangers of children and ice covered lakes. Our hearts go out to the victims’ families.” said Capt. Steve Johnson, Chief Investigator.