Jul 112011

The teenager found dead at the bottom of a closed public swimming pool in Phoenix was identified by police on Friday.

About 3 p.m. Thursday, two city employees found the body of 14-year-old Edwin Franco at the bottom of the pool’s deep end while checking the chemicals, according to Phoenix police.

City officials believe that Franco might have entered the Marivue Pool, at 5625 W. Osborn Road, using a grocery cart found outside the fence to climb into the pool area.

Capt. Scott McDonald said Phoenix Fire Department officials retrieved the body.

Police determined that all access points in the facility’s 13-foot wrought iron fence were locked.

David Urbinato, a spokesman for the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, said he does not recall anyone in the past couple of years getting into a pool during the off-season.

Prior to Wednesday’s incident, there have been 45 drownings in Maricopa County this year, including 30 adults or teens, local drowning experts say.

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