Adams County teen who drowned likely swept away by floodwaters

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

An Adams County teen drowned this week, likely swept away by fast-moving floodwaters along the Conewago Creek, authorities said.

Alejandro Morales, 18, of the Biglerville area, was reported missing Monday, July 23, by his family, according to state police.

His car was subsequently found on Benders Church Road in Butler Township, according to Adams County Chief Deputy Coroner Francis Dutrow.

Alejandro Morales

Dutrow confirmed that Morales' vehicle likely became stranded in flooding, causing him to get out of it, at which point he was swept away.

State troopers searched the Conewago Creek on Tuesday, July 24, with help from the state Fish & Boat Commission and the state Game Commission, according to state police.

"The search was eventually suspended due to rising waters and continuing rain," according to a state police news release.

Troopers in a state police helicopter spotted the teen's body along the creek near Stone Jug Road on Wednesday, July 25, and worked with Biglerville fire/rescue crews to retrieve it, state police said.

No autopsy is planned, according to Dutrow.

The coroner's office has ruled Morales' cause of death as drowning and his manner of death as accidental, he said.

Dutrow said this is the first floodwater-related drowning he can remember in that county. He's been with the Adams County Coroner's Office for about 20 years.

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