Port Orchard teen drowns at Wildcat Lake
By RACHEL BRANT
Central Kitsap Reporter Staff writer
July 31, 2009 · Updated 2:33 PM
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to show the teen is actually from Port Orchard, not Poulsbo as originally reported by the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.
Volunteer civilian divers, emergency rescue crews and sheriff's search and rescue coordinators located the body of a 13-year-old Port Orchard boy Thursday evening who died in Wildcat Lake waters earlier that afternoon, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office.
The body of Trenton Morris was found and recovered by divers at 7:10 p.m.
Sheriff's deputies and Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue crews responded to a home in the 9100 block of Wildcat Lake, on the lake's southwest shore, around 5:30 p.m. concerning a teen missing in lake waters.
Family and friends were spending the afternoon on the lake, with some floating on a large inflatable raft. Morris was using a foam flotation device commonly referred to as a "noodle" to float in the water near the raft, according to KCSO.
Witnesses said Morris told a family member he was getting tired, then the teen became separated from his flotation device and slipped under water. Members of the group attempted to find the boy and called 911.
Emergency crews, Underwater Search & Rescue Volunteers and nearby swimmers and boaters searched for Morris. The dive team entered the water at 6:57 p.m. and recovered the teen's body in 13 minutes, according to KCSO.
Morris' body was found at the bottom of the lake, in about 20 feet of water, approximately 25 feet from shore.
The Kitsap County Coroner's Office will make a determination as to the cause and manner of death and, pending the coroner's findings, the sheriff's office will investigate the incident.
At this point, detectives are handling this investigation as an accidental death and do not believe criminal activity was involved, according to KCSO.