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16-year-old boy drowns in pond at Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf; GoFundMe started in memory

Jermilyn Gardner of Davenport was found two hours after disappearing in the pond around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday June 3.

BETTENDORF, Iowa — Update:

The drowning victim has been identified at Jermilyn Gardner, 16, of Davenport. Gardner was a student of Davenport West High School.

“Our hearts go out to his family, friends, and the Davenport West High School Community during this very difficult time,” Bettendorf Police Chief Keith Kimball said.

A GoFundMe has been created in memory of Gardner, which is available by clicking/tapping here.

Original story:

A teenage boy has died after drowning in the quarry pond at Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf on Saturday evening.

Bettendorf emergency personnel responded to several 911 calls shortly before 6:30 p.m. on June 3, saying that a person was drowning while swimming in the pond.

The Bettendorf Fire Department, along with Bettendorf Police, launched a boat to aid in the search for the missing boy.

The body of a 16-year-old male was found in the water deceased at 8:27 p.m. that night.

The incident is under investigation, and the name of the deceased will be released later, pending family notification.

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