Police probe apparent drowning at Lowell High School

LOWELL — A body found in a Lowell High School pool appeared to be that of a teenage boy who had drowned, police said.

The body was discovered by a swim team using the pool in Raymond E. Riddick Field House about 5:30 p.m Monday.

In a brief press conference Monday evening, Deputy Police Superintendent Arthur Ryan Jr. said police had not yet identified the body.

“It appears to be a drowning,’’ he said.

“We do not suspect foul play at this time, but I can tell you the investigation is ongoing and many questions need to be answered,’’ Ryan said.

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He declined to say whether the teenager had been wearing bathing attire.

“We don’t know how or why the individual was in that area,’’ he said.

Although police do not suspect foul play, Lowell police Captain Randall Humphrey stopped short of ruling it out.

“There are no outward signs to indicate that at this time,’’ Humphrey said.

Members of the New Wave Swim Club found the body at the start of a practice session at the pool, according to a statement from the club’s president posted on the team’s website.

“I can assure you that this incident occurred prior to our scheduled practice and was discovered before any New Wave swimmer entered the pool,’’ said Mark Devlin in the statement.

“I was on deck and as soon as the coaches and I realized what had occurred, we immediately ushered the swimmers out of the pool area,’’ he said.

Devlin said the team will provide grief counseling to anyone who needs it.

As part of their investigation, police are reviewing any video surveillance the school may have of the Raymond E. Riddick Field House.

The Massachusetts State Police sent two teams to help Lowell police investigate, according to an e-mail from David Procopio, a spokesman for the State Police.

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The Middlesex district attorney’s office is investigating the death, spokeswoman Stephanie Guyotte said Monday night.

Authorities Monday evening had blocked at least three entrances to the field house, where the indoor pool is located.

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