Pool death remains murky - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Pool death remains murky

A sign is up.  The gate is locked.  The water at Pine Hill Pool sits still.  It's far different from the day 13 year-old Cameron Hogg died there.

"It was too crowded," one witness told Action News 5 in the days after Hogg's death.

"Somebody landed on top of his head and he got knocked unconscious," said another witness.

But unlike the water in the pool, the exact cause of Hogg's death remains murky.  Even Shelby County's Chief Medical Examiner is not ready to rule.

In a brief statement sent to us,  Dr. Karen Chancellor says she "has notified the Memphis Police Department that the cause of death depends on the final results of the police department's investigation. At this time, the cause of death is pending."

She did rule that another drowning from the same day at a different pool was accidental.

"Who knows what that means?" asks Memphis City Councilman Jim Strickland.  "Whether it's rough-housing or something else going on -- we just don't know," he adds.

Strickland heads the council's Parks Committee.  He says he thought Memphis Police were already part of the investigation.  Regardless, he says it doesn't change anything.

"I think as long as police are investigating things, things need to be put on hold," says Strickland.

That means "closed" signs will remain posted at all Memphis city pools.  Gates will be kept locked.  Wwater will remain undisturbed.

Strickland says he does hope to see the pools re-opened as soon as possible.  His committee is demanding more answers from the administration during next week's council meeting.


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