Authorities identify Holland-area lake victim

From Local Sources

HOLLAND — Authorities have released the name of the Jasper man who died early Saturday after falling into a private lake north of Holland.

The swimmer has been identified as 18-year-old Elijah M. Anderson, a graduate of the Jasper High School Class of 2020.

Anderson, the son of Scott and Nicole Anderson, was a member of the Wildcat cross country and track teams.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers said first responders were alerted to the report of a missing swimmer at a lake in the 6000 block of South State Road 161, about a half-mile south of State Road 64, at 2:09 a.m. Saturday.

Witnesses said several people were swimming in the lake on private property when Anderson fell from an elevated diving structure and hit his head before entering the water. The other swimmers attempted but were unable to rescue him.

A search operation began when authorities arrived on scene, with a diver recovering the swimmer at 4:16 a.m.

Authorities said the accident is still under investigation.

Private funeral services will take place Thursday in Jasper. In Anderson’s obituary notice, the family says that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jasper High School’s cross country or track teams.

The Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, Dubois County Coroner’s Office, Holland Volunteer Fire Department and Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene Saturday.

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