Update: Police ID BOCES student who was found dead in Erie Canal
Posted at: 09/10/2012 4:07 PM
| Updated at: 09/11/2012 3:29 AM
By: Amanda Ciavarri | WHEC.com
Investigators continue to look into the death of a BOCES Number 2 student.
Police say the student who drowned, 20-year-old Michael Vyrvoss, was mentally and physically challenged. They say Vyrvoss was in school at BOCES 2 when he walked away from the building in Spencerport and somehow ended up in the canal.
Ogden Police Chief Doug Nordquist says Vyrvoss was reported missing right away and immediately, staff at BOCES 2 began looking for him.
The chief says a passerby and an employee from BOCES 2 noticed a body in the canal, called police, and began a rescue attempt. That was just before 1 p.m.
The body was that of the student, and once he was pulled out of the canal, a nurse from BOCES 2 and the passerby began to perform CPR until Spencerport fire crews got on scene and took over.
Vyrvoss was taken to Unity Hospital and pronounced dead just before 2 p.m.
When asked what kind of responsibility the school has in a situation like this, Chief Nordquist told News10NBC, "our job is to determine if any criminal activity has occurred. The investigation is just beginning, but there are no obvious sign of foul play or criminal activity at this point."
Police didn't release the name of the student, and said they were still notifying family. They say the student is not from Ogden or Spencerport and that the name will probably be released Tuesday.