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Picnic Drownings Were Accidental, Police Say

From Times Wire Reports

Investigators called the drownings of five youths on a church picnic an accident and said they didn’t expect criminal charges.

Witnesses said the youths -- ages 10 to 17 -- were swept away in the Meramec River during an outing Sunday at Castlewood State Park near St. Louis.

Police spokeswoman Tracy Panus said the investigation hadn’t turned up negligence or anything criminal.


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