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Knox County police identify Altona drowning victims

The two men, both seniors, died after drowning in a privately owned pond Saturday.

ALTONA, Ill. —

Update - June 21

Knox County authorities on Tuesday, June 21 identified the drowning victims and shared early autopsy results.

In news release, the Knox County Sheriff's Department identified the victims as 73-year-old Steven Dennison of Altona and 67-year-old Keith Dennison of Galva. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said early information from the autopsy reports does not suggest foul play. The deaths remained under investigation as of Tuesday.

Original Story

Knox County authorities launched an investigation into a pair of drowning deaths Saturday, June 18 in Altona, Illinois.

According to the Knox County Sheriff's Department, officers responded at about noon Saturday to reports of drownings in the 2600 block of Knox Highway 12.

Officers found two people had drowned in a pond located on private property.

The identities of the victims were being withheld pending family notification. Autopsies were to be scheduled, with no indication of when they might occur.

The incident remained under investigation as of Saturday. Anyone with information was asked to contact the Knox County Sheriff's Department at 309-343-9151 or via the department's website.

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