16-Year-Old Boy Drowns in Hopeville Pond

By Ari Mason
|  Thursday, Jul 4, 2013  |  Updated 6:00 PM EDT
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16-Year-Old Boy Drowns in Hopeville Pond

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A 16-year-old boy was pulled from the water at Hopeville Pond Thursday afternoon.

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The 16-year-old boy who died after being pulled from Hopeville Pond in the Jewett City borough of Griswold has been identified as Brandon Jozile of Norwich, authorities say.

State police and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection officials received a report Thursday morning that Jozile was unconscious and missing in the water at Hopeville Pond State Park. With assistance from several local police forces, they scoured the water in search of the boy.

Jozile was pulled from the water and transported to the Backus Hospital emergency care clinic in Plainfield, where he was declared dead Thursday afternoon.

Officials said Jozile was on a group trip with members of the First Haitian Baptist Church in Norwich.

He was found in 12 to 15 feet of water, authorities said.

State Environmental Conservation Police are investigating.

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