Police ID teen found dead in public pool

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have identified a body found at the bottom of a Maryvale pool Thursday afternoon, but they still don't know how he got into the closed facility.

Two City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation employees made the discovery at Marivue Park near 56th Avenue and Osborn Road while checking pool chemicals.

The Phoenix Fire Department pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

The pool was closed for the season and investigators found all access points were locked, according to Sgt. Steve Martos. The pool is surrounded by a 13-foot wrought-iron fence and the gate was also locked and secured.

Detectives found a school ID card and positively identified the boy as Edwin Franco, 14.

Martos said foul play is not suspected.

Officers also found a shopping cart outside the fence. They said the victim may have used the cart to climb over the fence and into the pool area.