Man who died at Pillsbury was 21 years old

By The Mercury

State officials on Monday identified the victim of a drowning Saturday afternoon at Pillsbury Crossing as Anthony Strange Jr., 21, of Topeka.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism reported Strange drowned while attempting to swim across Deep Creek at the Pillsbury Crossing Wildlife Area east of Manhattan.

An autopsy is planned, but alcohol doesn’t appear to be a factor, according to a news release.

Emergency personnel arrived at the area at 7:44 p.m. Saturday. A witness had called the Riley County Police Department at 7:33 p.m. to report that someone had gone under water and hadn’t resurfaced.

KDWPT personnel began dragging operations at about 8:30 p.m. Strange’s body was recovered about an hour later.

According to the KDWPT, Strange was attempting to swim across the creek with friends when he began having difficulty and called for help. Witnesses tried unsuccessfully to locate him.

Officials stated there wasn’t a noticeable current near where the drowning occurred, although the water in that part of the creek is typically deeper.

Strange hadn’t jumped into the water from a cliff, as preliminary reports suggested, according to the KDWPT.

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