Authorities: 17-year-old drowning victim pulled from Brown County lake

BROWN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Authorities have identified a 17-year-old they say drowned Thursday at Lake Lorelei in Brown County.

Brown County dispatch received a report of a possible male drowning victim around 2:30 p.m.

Friends and bystanders grew frantic when the teen went into the water and didn't come back up.

"There's a boy out in the water screaming for help and all of his friends are standing there laughing. They thought he was kidding and he's gone and we can't find him," a woman said to dispatchers during a 911 call.

Allie Elmore, a friend of the victim, was one of the first ones out at the lake looking for him after he went missing in the water.

"He was just swimming with his friends and just ended up getting tired and when he called for help he just went under," said Elmore.

First responders arrived at the scene, some with specialized water search equipment, and eventually located the body of Maxwell Dickey.

"It all doesn't feel real," said Elmore.

She says the family and even those who never met Dickey are feeling the loss. Instead of focusing on tragedy she is trying to remember the better days.

"He was a character you know -- he was always able to make people laugh it was easy for him," said Elmore.

Dickey would have been a senior at Fayetteville Perry High School next year.

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