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Police identify Geneva Lake drowning victim

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Gazette staff
July 22, 2011
— The second Geneva Lake drowning victim in a week was identified Thursday as 86-year-old Inger Klumpner of Oak Park, Ill.

Police continue to investigate how Klumpner drowned, but they're hoping tests from the coroner's office will shed more light on the case. Walworth County Coroner John Griebel said Thursday morning's autopsy was inconclusive.


Fontana Police Chief Steve Olson said emergency personnel were called at 11:28 a.m. Wednesday to the pier off South Lakeshore Drive. A witness said he saw Klumpner standing on the pier before she disappeared moments later.


When the witness walked over to the pier, he found Klumpner floating face down in the water. He estimated she was in the lake 15 to 20 minutes.


Olson said he believes Klumpner could have had heart problems while swimming and was unable to call for help.


Klumpner is the second drowning victim in the last week. Gjergji Peci, 24, Chicago, drowned July 13 after jumping from the back of a motorboat. That was the first drowning in Geneva Lake in three years.



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