Authorities: 2 missing teens found dead in lake

Girls reported missing on Thursday
Authorities: 2 missing teens found dead in lake

The bodies of two teenage girls reported missing on Thursday have been found in Lake Kegonsa, according to Dane County deputies.

Deputies found the body of one of the missing girls in the lake shortly before noon on Friday. At about 4:10 p.m., the second girl’s body was recovered.

The two 16-year-old girls, Emma Maurer, of Stoughton, and Sydnie Kwiatkowski, of Footville, vanished Thursday afternoon near Lake Kegonsa, leaving behind their cellphones, purses and shoes.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said the bodies were found near where the girls’ personal items were left on shore Thursday afternoon.

Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney said the water in the area where the girls’ bodies were found was between 4 to 6 feet deep.

Dane County sheriff’s deputies searched the lake, woods and nearby trails for signs of the teens.

Mahoney said there is nothing to indicate foul play. The medical examiner is expected to complete the autopsies in the next few days.

The teens, both Stoughton High School students, were last seen with friends on a beach off Lake Kegonsa in LaFollette County Park, north of Stoughton, at about 4 p.m. Thursday.

Classmates of the two girls said the lake is a popular place for area teens to hang out during the summer, and a horrible way to start summer vacation.

“I can’t even wrap my brain around this,” said Jordan Smih, a Stoughton High School senior. “They were really sweet girls having a good time, and they’re just gone.”

Both girls just finished up their sophomore year at Stoughton. The district’s superintendent said they were well-liked and were good students.


“It will affect the students, it will affect the community, it will affect students who may not have been a close friend but know them and had interactions with them,” said Superintendent Tim Onsager.

School counselors will be available on Friday until 8 p.m. at the high school multipurpose room. They will be available again next week.

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