Columbia Heights man drowns in Quarry Park near St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. - Stearns County authorities say a Columbia Heights man drowned while swimming at Quarry Park and Nature Preserve near St. Cloud.

The sheriff's office says a caller reported around 6:15 p.m. Sunday that someone had disappeared under water while swimming in the middle of Quarry 11 at the park. Searchers found 34-year-old Juan Alberto Morales-Rosas about two hours later. He was pronounced dead at St. Cloud Hospital.

The sheriff's office says no foul play is suspected and the incident appears to be an accident.

Quarry Park's website says it includes 20 former granite quarries that operated from the mid-1800s until the mid-1950s. It's been a Stearns County park since 1998, and two of its quarries are designated as swimming holes. Quarry 11, where the drowning occurred, opened to swimming last year.


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