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Quarry drowning ruled accidental

May 21, 1998

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The results of an autopsy confirmed that a Chambersburg man whose body was pulled from an abandoned Franklin County limestone quarry Tuesday afternoon died from accidental drowning, Pennsylvania State Police said Wednesday.

Circumstances surrounding the death of Esvin Gramago, 19, were still vague, police said.

"Nobody knows what happened," said Trooper Gary Carter, who investigated the incident. "He just went under."

Gramago was swimming with six friends in the quarry when he drowned. His body was found by divers about 20 feet from shore in about 11 feet of water less than an hour later, police said.

"Apparently he told them he could swim," Franklin County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Conner said of Gramago Tuesday night. Conner said Gramago's companions swam across the quarry "and when they started back, they saw him go down."

The depth of the water does not exceed 25 feet anywhere in the quarry, according to a fire department spokesman at the scene.

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The quarry is posted as private property. Police said they charged several teens swimming with Gramago with criminal trespass.

No-trespassing signs were in plain sight around the quarry, police said.

Catherine Conner, whose family owns the quarry, said several no-trespassing signs were removed by someone over the weekend. She said she replaced two of them earlier this week. She said she has asked state police to patrol the quarry more often.

Cpl. George Cronin said troopers make routine patrols in the area and respond to the quarry on complaints.

- Richard F. Belisle and Don Aines

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