Sgt. James Juneau: (603) 271-3361
Capt. Martin Garabedian: (603) 271-3128
May 29, 2007

Drowning Victim Identified

CONCORD, N.H. -- The 23-year-old who drowned Sunday, May 27, at Crystal Lake in Gilmanton has been identified as Lauren M. Taylor of Concord, formerly known as Lauren Marie Nicosia-Rusin of Hollis, New Hampshire. Family members have been notified.

Taylor, a non-student, was attending an all-night University of New Hampshire graduation party at a private residence on the lake. According to Sgt. Jim Juneau of N.H. Fish and Game, she was last seen sitting near a campfire at the water's edge by two young men from the party who launched a canoe nearby between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. Sunday.

Later in the day, Taylor's friends realized she was missing and conducted a local search of the area. Taylor's clothing was located on the dock and authorities were notified. The Gilmanton Police Department arrived at the scene at around 1:30 p.m. and requested Fish and Game to respond. A short while later, the homeowner searched the lake by boat and spotted a body at the bottom of the lake, in approximately 9 feet of water, just short of an anchored swim raft located about 75 feet from shore.

At 3:15 p.m., Fish and Game along with New Hampshire Marine Patrol Officers recovered the body, later identified as Taylor. The water temperature on Sunday was about 55 degrees F, conditions in which swimmers can become quickly overwhelmed by the cold. An autopsy is schedule to be performed.

Assisting agencies included the Gilmanton Police Department, Gilmanton Fire Department, Alton Police Department, New Hampshire Marine Patrol and the State Medical Examiner's Office. The incident is under investigation by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Law Enforcement Division.

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