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Body of YSU student recovered from abandoned quarry

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MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. -

The drowning of a young man in Lawrence County has renewed the warnings about the dangers of abandoned quarries and strip mines.

Aaron Mahdee, 20, drowned Monday evening, while swimming with two friends at a quarry off Eric Drive in Mahoning Township. The police chief said the three jumped from a 30-foot cliff and were swimming back to shore.

"Two of them made it out to shore, when they turned around to find the third boy, he never followed them out and they never saw him again," said Chief James Morris, Mahoning Township Police.

Dive teams recovered Mahdee's body about two hours later. He had no visible injuries and police don't believe that alcohol was a factor.

Chief Morris told 21 news that the water in the quarry is very cold.

His girlfriend, Melany Stephens, said she received a text message from Aaron shortly before he went he went to the quarry.

"He text me, 'I'm going to go swimming, babe. Be right back.' so, I just text him back, 'alright', thinking nothing of it," said Stephens.

Stephens said Aaron was her sweetheart and he had a lot of close friends. "He was just such a kind person, and so caring. He treated everyone with so much respect," said Stephens.

The quarry area is private property and was posted with no trespassing signs, but over the years there have been other drownings and accidents on ATV's and motorcycles.

"We do our best, every year, turning away hundreds of kids. Citing dozens of kids that go back in there," said Chief Morris.

Mahdee was a 2012 graduate of Hubbard High School and was currently enrolled at Youngstown State University.


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