EAST TROY, Wisc. (STMW) - Three former New Trier students were found dead and one other was still missing Monday afternoon after a canoe capsized in a lake in southern Wisconsin over the weekend.
Four men, all between 20 and 23 years old, were staying at a lake house with friends in East Troy, Wisconsin, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recreational safety warden Jason Roberts.
The four men stepped outside to have a cigarette around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Roberts said. The others went to bed, and when they woke up about 10 a.m., they noticed the four weren’t in their beds.
The group searched for them and saw footprints leading down to the boathouse and that the canoe was missing, Roberts said. They walked down to the water, saw the canoe overturned against an ice shelf and called 911.
Dive teams responded and within a few hours, bodies of two men were found on the lakebed, Roberts said.
Two of the victims have been identified as Christopher J. Mcquillen, 21, and Lanny Patrick Sack, 20, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
A third body was recovered Monday afternoon, and the search for the fourth man is ongoing, Roberts said.
“No one witnessed the capsizing, so we don’t have a high degree of certainty where this occurred,” Roberts said.
Authorities did not release their names Monday afternoon, but all four attended New Trier High School in Winnetka.
“It is with immeasurable grief that we learned yesterday of the boating-accident deaths of four young men,” according to a statement from New Trier Township High School District 203.
“From information received at this point, it appears that all men attended New Trier Township High School for all or part of their high school years. Our deepest condolences are extended to the families and friends as they cope with this tragic loss,” according to the statement.
One of the four men, Mcquillen, was previously a student at Northern Illinois University, according to university spokesman Brad Hoey. He was last enrolled in spring 2015.
“We are deeply saddened by news of the past weekend’s tragic boating accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and all who were close to the young men involved in the accident,” Hoey said.
East Troy, Wisconsin is village of about 4,280 people and located about 37 miles southwest of Milwaukee.