Man checking on mother at summer home finds her drowned in Black Lake
Saturday, July 16, 2011 - 10:46 am

MACOMB – A man who went to check on his mother at a summer home on Black Lake Friday found her drowned in eight inches of water.

Sean M. Johnson went to the house at 26 Mineral Point Road, Macomb, to check on his mother, Kathleen Johnson, 65, of Phoenix, who had been staying alone at the camp alone for the past two weeks. Johnson told state police he had not been able to reach her for several days.

Johnson found his mother dead, between a manual boat lift in Black Lake in about eight inches of water and called 911.

Troopers said their investigation found Kathleen Johnson had been dead for several days.

Johnson told troopers she had told him she was planning on cleaning barnacles from the bottom of a boat.

There was no evidence of foul play at the scene. St. Lawrence County Coroner Russell B. Lawrence went to the scene and authorized removal for an autopsy.

An autopsy was conducted by St. Lawrence County Coroner’s Physician Dr. Samuel Livingstone at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center in Ogdensburg.

The cause of death was found to be asphyxiation from fresh-water drowning, and was ruled accidental.