September 18, 2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the death of a 21-year old University of Oregon student from San Francisco, California on Monday afternoon at Summit Lake southwest of Crescent Lake in Klamath County. The victim's name is released in this update news release.
Information from the investigation indicates on the afternoon of September 17, 2012, three Eugene-area women including CARLENE HO, age 21, were at Summit Lake when her two friends, ages 23 and 25, went swimming from the shore to a nearby island. HO did not know how to swim and was last seen by her friends standing near the shore with her feet in the water.
When her friends returned back to shore several minutes later they found her face down, underwater near the area where she was last seen. The depth of the water where she was found was not provided for this release. Her friends pulled her from the water and started CPR. Other people in the area heard the women screaming and went to their location, taking over CPR.
At approximately 4:55 p.m., Klamath County 9-1-1 received a call regarding the incident while CPR was being done. An Air Link air ambulance later arrived in the area at which point HO was placed in a canoe and taken to Air Link personnel where they continued CPR.
Because Summit Lake is accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicles, an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer transported emergency responders to the scene. Despite the valiant resuscitation efforts, HO was pronounced deceased at the scene about two hours later.
Trooper Nick Hagedorn, with the assistance of Detective Stephanie Gourley, is continuing the investigation. There is no sign of suspicious injury.
OSP was assisted during the response by US Forest Service, Central Cascades Fire & EMS, and Air Link.