UPDATE: University of Oregon Student Found Dead at Shasta Lake


On May 19, 2018, at approximately 0900 hours, a Deputy Coroner Investigator was dispatched to the Gooseneck Cove Campground on Lake Shasta near Lakehead, California regarding a person found unresponsive. The person waspronounced deceased at the scene by emergency personnel.The decedent was positively identified as 21 year old Dylan Baker Pietrs of Denver, Colorado. The decedent’s next-of-kin has been notified and a postmortem examination will be scheduled. The incident remains under investigation by the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office.

On 5-19-2018, at 0848 hours, Cal-Fire personnel and Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety personnel responded to the Gooseneck Campground for a young male adult not breathing. CPR was in progress, but the 21 year old white male could not be revived. Cal-Fire personnel and Boating Safety personnel arrived at the scene, and Cal-Fire personnel determined the male adult to be deceased.

A Shasta County Coroner Investigator along with additional Boating Safety personnel responded to the scene and conducted an investigation. On 5-18-2018 (Friday), the 21-year old University of Oregon student, was reported to have been drinking alcohol beverages during the day prior to going to his tent in the early evening. On 5-19-2018, the male adult was located, on shore, in a sleeping bag inside a small tent by other students. There are currently no signs of foul play, and the death does not appear to be suspicious in nature. It is unknown if alcohol consumption contributed to the death. The cause of death is pending post-mortem exam. The name of the deceased will not be released until next of kin have been notified.

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