Illinois Student Attending Florida Gulf Coast University Found Dead in Tragic Lake Incident


Share post:

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A Kankakee, Illinois, college student attending Florida Gulf Coast University met a tragic end on Wednesday evening while boating with friends on a campus lake. 

Graham McGrath, 19, vanished around 7 pm, prompting a 15-hour search that concluded with the grim discovery of his body by authorities.

The circumstances surrounding McGrath’s death remain shrouded in mystery. Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno, leading the investigation, emphasized that the case is open and active. 

“Everything we do, we are suspicious in nature, and until we prove otherwise factually, okay, we treat everything as if it is,” Sheriff Marceno stated at a press conference Thursday. Foul play has not been ruled out.

McGrath and 13 others were on a wakeboat—a vessel known for creating wakes for wakeboarding—when he disappeared. Despite extensive efforts, the challenging conditions of the lake, with zero visibility, made the search grueling.

Sheriff Marceno, addressing reporters, described the ordeal. “We have scanned this lake all night. It is very, very difficult, and you know this is very traumatic for the students here. He was a student of Florida Gulf Coast University, this was in a shared lake. It really is an extremely unfortunate situation.”

The absence of visible signs of trauma on McGrath’s body deepens the mystery. Investigators aim to ascertain the cause of death. “Was it drowning? Was it something else? We will know definitively.”

As authorities continue their efforts, the privately owned boat adds complexity to the investigation.

Sheriff Marceno’s updates, including a message of solidarity and gratitude, have been shared via social media. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this unfortunate incident,” he conveyed.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Related articles

Illinois Fire Drama: Braidwood-Custer Merger Unravels with Resignations, Vandalism

BRAIDWOOD — The community of Custer was rocked by unforeseen turbulence last week following an intergovernmental merger agreement with...

Illinois Family’s Children, Ohio, Missouri Resident Among Victims of Deadly Ammonia Leak

EFFINGHAM, Ill. - An unforeseen disaster unfolded in Effingham County Friday, as a semi-truck carrying anhydrous ammonia crashed near...

Dramatic Rollover Crash on IL Route 113 Halts Traffic

BRAIDWOOD, IL - A severe single-vehicle rollover accident occurred Saturday morning at the junction of W IL Route 113...

Frankfort Woman Confronted in Gunpoint Parking Lot Robbery

FRANKFORT, IL – A local woman faced a chilling encounter last night when she was approached at gunpoint...