- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

MARYVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old student from Seoul, South Korea, who drowned in Missouri, had been attending a picnic to welcome participants in a two-year residential, early college program.

Jae Won Lee drowned Monday night in an unsupervised swimming area in the Mozingo Lake Recreation Park in northwest Missouri. Park patrons swim in the area at their own risk.

He was a first-year student at the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Computing, a program on the Northwest Missouri State campus. It replaces the junior and senior years of high school.

The welcome-to-campus picnic ended with an evening swimming session, The Maryville Daily Forum (http://bit.ly/2aTodpf ) reports. Maryville Public Safety Director Keith Wood says no one noticed Lee was missing until the group returned to a bus that was to take them back to the Northwest campus.

Lee’s body was found about 9 feet of water about 100 feet from shore soon after a search began. His death is currently under investigation by the Nodaway County coroner’s office.

Wood said he couldn’t confirm if academy staff supervising the picnic

Wood met on Thursday with Lee’s parents, who flew to Missouri form South Korea, and were to attend a memorial service that night at the Centennial Garden on the school’s campus.

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Information from: Maryville Daily Forum, http://www.maryvilledailyforum.com

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