1812 Re-enactment Death
September 6, 2011 by staff
1812 Re-enactment Death, A 14-year-old Ontario is dead and his mother is one of two people accused of endangering the welfare of a child after her body was found Sunday morning in shallow water near a strength of 300 years old, at the mouth of the Niagara River in Youngstown, NY
. Alex Montgomery, her mother and a friend of the family, all of Barrie, Ontario, were some of the participants in the War of 1812 Camp – a weekend of historical events and battle reenactments at Old Fort Niagara on the Lake Ontario, Park said U.S. State Police Lt. Patrick Moriarty.
The group, called the Regiment U.S. 25, re-enactment of the capture of Fort Niagara.
Police say the mother and a friend gave him the green beer on Saturday night. He was last seen leaving the fort at about 2 am, Lieutenant Moriarty said.
On Sunday morning the police received a call from Robert Emerson, executive director of the Association of Old Fort Niagara, reporting a missing teenager.
Minutes later, a second call came in: they had seen a body of five feet of water next to the wall of the old fortress.
Police found the boy around 9:15 am
“We passed right by the wall of Old Fort Niagara, in the redoubt area of?? Construction,” he said. “We found some of their clothes for a retaining wall in the same area recovered the body, so I’m sure that’s where he entered the water.”
The autopsy and toxicology reports continue, and police have said they think the cause of death is drowning.
“I think it was accidental. But we’re not sure what the action was carried out before it hit the water. … There was nothing there to indicate what happened after he entered the water,” said Lieutenant Moriarty. “We were told the witnesses he had been drinking. So I would say yes, there was no alcohol in his system, it’s just a question of what level.”
Paula Montgomery, 48 and 50 years old, Peter Cooper, both of Orillia, are accused of endangering the welfare of a child.
Lieutenant Moriarty said they were released from the police station Sunday, with a return ticket to the September 13 appearance.
The boy’s family, contacted by phone Monday, declined comment.
Sal Carpanzano was surprised at the news Monday: Coach Alex Montgomery Hockey League this summer.
“I just have a weakness for him was a kind of man more mature than other children who were in the team,” said Carpanzano. “He just had all of him: He knew what he wanted. Tough.”
War of 1812 reenactments is common in the area. James Balza, who organizes a group of U.S. 25th Regiment of Green Bay, Wisconsin, says that participates in the monthly recreation nearby. Larger events may take up to a year to organize and participate to 1000 “soldier re-enactors.”
Lieutenant Moriarty said the group this weekend there were about 14 people.
Staff at Old Fort Niagara, said he said no comment and referred questions to the State Police Park.
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