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3 bodies of family members found in Oregon lake

GASTON, Ore. (AP) — Divers recovered the bodies of a 40-year-old mother and her two children who apparently drowned in a popular lake west of Portland on Tuesday, a day after finding another family member — a 3-year-old grandson — drowned in the lake. The family — who lived together in nearby Hillsboro — had gone to Henry Hagg Lake on Monday for a picnic. It is not clear what happened there, but law officials said they found no signs of foul play. "There is no suspicion of any criminal activity. We're just considering this a tragic accident," said Sgt. Bob Ray of the Washington County sheriff's office. Sheriff's deputies identified the three bodies found Tuesday as those of 40-year-old Jova Ixtacua-Castano and her two children, 25-year-old Gabriela Garcia-Ixtacua and 13-year-old Michael Garcia-Ixtacua. The sheriff's office said Gabriela was the mother of the 3-year-old found Monday night, Jeremy Scholl. The three bodies were discovered about 40 feet offshore in 8 feet of water, and some 50 yards from where the 3-year-old was found. Authorities worried there might be other victims after the 3-year-old was found because the family's car was still at the scene and there was no sign of them. Also found at the site Monday evening were a beach towel, a cooler, shoes and other personal items, as well as a small dog on a leash. The lake is a busy recreation site, drawing 800,000 visitors a year, 6,000 a day on a busy summer weekend, officials said. It also provides drinking water for Portland suburbs. There are no lifeguards because of the lake's size, nearly 2 square miles, but the sheriff's office uses a vessel on weekends.

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