Middleton teen drowns while tubing on the Kickapoo River

Ontario, Wis. – Vernon County Sheriff Roy R. Torgerson reports a drowning occurred on Thursday afternoon June 1, 2023, at approximately 1:15 p.m., in rural Ontario, Wis. in the Town of Whitestown.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the deceased as Aundra D. Keaton Jr., 19, of Middleton, Wis. The Sheriff’s reports states that Keaton was tubing on the Kickapoo River with a small group of people. The group stopped to swim and Aundra Keaton experienced a deep drop off and went
under water. Keaton was not wearing a life preserver and a female in his group attempted to rescue him but was unsuccessful.

At approximately 2:51 p.m., Keaton’s body was recovered from the river and he was pronounced
dead at the scene by Vernon County Coroner Betty Nigh.

Assisting the sheriff’s office at the scene were the Ontario Fire Department, Ontario Ambulance Service, La Farge Fire Department, La Farge Ambulance Service, Wisconsin State Patrol, Vernon County Emergency Management, a ranger from Wildcat Mountain State Park, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The incident remains under investigation by the Vernon County Sheriff’s Office and the Vernon County Coroner.

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