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NO FOUL PLAY: Student Drowned, Wasn’t Killed Says PBSO

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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says the death of Vensly Maxine, a missing Palm Beach County School District student, was by accidental drowning and not by foul play.

As we reported on December 27th, Vensly’s body was found in Royal Palm. While police investigated, several family members and community members asserted that they believed it was likely foul play. They were upset that PBSO initially ruled that foul play was not suspected. Today’s announcement by the medical examiner supports the initial PBSO assertion.

“At the conclusion of our investigation into the tragic death of Vensly Maxine.  The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office, has determined the cause of death to be an accidental drowning.  Our investigation found no evidence of a traumatic event and no indication of foul play,” wrote PBSO.

These are the initial updates, first December 27th:

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the tragic death of 14-year-old Vensly Maxime, whose body was found on Saturday, December 25, 2021, just before 5:00 pm in the area of the Royal Palm Beach Recreation Center.  After further investigation, detectives learned that Vensly and a friend met up after school. Soon after, according to the friend, Vensly started to not feel well, so the friend advised detectives they started walking home.  For unknown reasons, Vensly began to act in an unusual manner. The teens separated, with the friend continuing home and Vensly remaining behind in the area of the Recreation Center.  Vensly was not seen again until his body was discovered on Christmas day.   

In conjunction with the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner’s Office, our preliminary investigative findings have not revealed any signs of trauma or injury to the decedent.  Foul play is not suspected, and our initial findings indicate that Vensly may have suffered a medical episode prior to entering the water.  Drowning was not a factor.  This investigation is continuing and ongoing.

And previously, December 26th:

On Saturday, December 25, 2021, shortly before 5:00 pm, deputies along with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue responded to a body found in a retention pond located at 100 Sweet Bay Lane in Royal Palm Beach.  Medics recovered a deceased male from the water believed to be Vensley Maxime, a Crestwood Middle school student.  Vensley’s family reported him missing to the School Board Police Department on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 (PBCSB case # 21-00004012).

An initial search for the teen was conducted that day by schoolboard police without success. School Board Police issued a bulletin, see below.

The teen’s family members were searching the area between Crestwood Middle School, and the Royal Palm Rec Center when the deceased, mostly submerged in a retention pond was located. 

There are no obvious signs of any injury or trauma.  The teen was transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office.  This case investigation continues. 

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