(WGN-AM)- A 16-year-old boy who drowned in Lake Michigan Tuesday afternoon had been a ward of the state and had been missing from a residential treatment center since the end of May, officials say.
The body of Shaun King was discovered at about 2 p.m. near 5000 S. Lake Shore Dr., according to Chicago Police Officer David Banks. He had been at the lake with his brother and two friends when he decided to go swimming, police said.
"The witnesses observed him go under and surface once and then go under again and [he] did not surface. At that point, I'm not sure how, but they did summon for help," said police spokeswoman Gabrielle Lesniak.
King was under water when police and fire departments responded. They reported that he was in "grave condition," Lesniak said. He was later pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Shaun's address was listed as 4833 N. Francisco Ave., where Lawrence Hall Youth Services operates a home for wards of the state.
"He was a resident at a residential treatment center," said Kendall Marlowe, spokesman for the state Department of Children and Family Services. "He ran away . . . which was reported to police and the DCFS child location unit."
Lesniak said a missing person's report had been filed on King by Lawrence Hall officials. According to the report, he was last seen at 9:15 a.m. on May 20 at Lawrence Hall center.
Mary Hollie, chief executive officer of Lawrence Hall Youth Services, said in a statement that "the death of the youth who was a former resident in our program is a tragedy. We join his family and friends in grieving his loss. We remain focused on providing counseling and support to the youth and employees who knew him."
Shaun was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital at about 9 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's office. An autopsy is scheduled for this morning.
(The Chicago Tribune contributed to this story)
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