Counselors help with teens’ death in Lake Kegonsa

Girls' bodies were found on Friday
Counselors help with teens’ death in Lake Kegonsa

Stoughton High School is making counselors available next week to help students cope with the loss of two classmates whose bodies were recovered from a Dane County lake.

Classes have ended for the school year, but Stoughton High administrators say the school will be open to any student needing to talk.

The bodies of the 16-year-old girls were found Friday near the shore of Lake Kegonsa near where they had left their cellphones, purses and shoes before going for a swim on Thursday afternoon.

Dane County sheriff’s officials say Emma Mauer and Sydnie Kwiatkowski appeared to have drowned accidentally and that there were no indications of foul play.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported that family members and friends gathered on shore Friday as authorities searched the lake and the area for the girls.

Only hours after their bodies were discovered, a memorial was erected at the park. Signs were wrapped around a tree at LaFollette Park with words of remembrance, WISC-TV reported.