Body found at Lacamas Park is missing teen

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Updated: June 28, 2011, 6:10 PM

 

The woman's body discovered today on Round Lake in Lacamas Park is that of a missing Camas teenager, Camas police said at about 5:30 p.m. today.

The death of Sarah Holven, 19, is under investigation as a possible suicide, police stated in a late-afternoon press release. Police Chief Mitch Lackey was not immediately available to provide more details.

Holven was last seen at 11 p.m. Sunday at her home. Her parents contacted police at about 8 p.m. Monday after Holven didn’t show up at college classes and didn't return home.

A walker found some of her possessions in the park early Tuesday. A boater observed her partially-submerged body in the east end of the lake at about 11:45 a.m. and notified a Camas police officer on foot patrol.

Camas police and a Clark County Sheriff’s Marine Patrol deputy recovered the body at about 2:30 today.

The body was turned over to the Clark County Medical Examiner's Office, which positively identified the body.

If police confirm Holven took her own life, it would mark the second body found at the lake in the past five days.

The body of Carlos E. Slaughter, 22, was found Thursday at Round Lake. He died of asphyxia and is believed to have committed suicide, according to police and an autopsy by the medical examiner.

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