Two boys died Saturday in rural Carbondale in an apparent drowning.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call reporting a possible drowning in a private pool at 7:24 p.m. Saturday at a residence on Dogwood Road.
Police said the investigation thus far indicates that two brothers from Hopkinsville, Ky., Alick Jentrey Poindexter Monson, 12, and Lewis Jecquary Monson, 14, were swimming unsupervised in a pool. An adult discovered both boys unresponsive at the bottom of the pool; a family member pulled the boys out and performed CPR until paramedics arrived.
The victims were taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, where they were pronounced dead.
The sheriff’s office said the case is being investigated as an accidental drowning, and autopsies were scheduled for Sunday. Jackson County Coroner Thomas Kupferer said Sunday no further information was available on the accident, and the case is still under investigation.
The sheriff’s office is being assisted with the investigation by the coroner’s office, the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services Unit and the Department of Children and Family Services.