Suburban Teen Swimmer Dead After Being Found Unresponsive in Locker Room: Report

A suburban teenager died of undetermined causes after a swim club exercise Wednesday night, the Chicago Tribune’s Pioneer Press reports.

Josh Church, 17, was a junior at Warren Township High School in Gurnee and was part of the school district’s Cats Aquatic Team, the newspaper reported, citing officials.

A spokesman for the Vernon Hills Police Department told the paper “several police officers” responded to a call at the high school Wednesday and investigated. The official said there was no reason to suspect Church’s death was “criminal in nature” and said there was no threat to anyone else.

Church was found unresponsive in the men’s locker room, the newspaper reported. The coroner’s office announced Thursday the teen did not drown and had no injuries or signs of drugs or alcohol.

Vernon Hills and Libertyville high schools, which share a district, were offering support to the student body after the unexpected death.

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