Posted Online: April 16, 2012, 12:29 pm

SIU student, 19, drowns in Madison County lake

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WORDEN, Ill. (AP) Authorities say a 19-year-old student at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville has drowned in southwestern Illinois.

Searchers found the body of Samuel Bequette of Warden in a lake Friday night, hours after family members had reported him missing. A relative had found Bequette's bike near the lake, focusing the search effort on that area.

Madison County Sheriff's Capt. Mike Dixon says there's no indication Bequette's death was criminal in nature.

Bequette's relatives say the 2011 graduate of Edwardsville High School worked for a lumber company and was studying engineering at SIU.

An autopsy is planned. Funeral arrangements are pending.