Kansas teen dies at summer camp in Colorado

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Authorities say a 16-year-old Kansas boy has died while at a summer church camp in Colorado. 

The sheriff's office in Custer County, west of Pueblo, says Demarius Cox was pronounced dead Friday evening after they responded to a report of a juvenile who was not breathing and had no pulse. 

The Canon City Daily Record reports Cox was attending Sky Ranch summer camp as part of a church youth group from Hillsboro, Kansas. 

Sheriff Shannon Byerly said that because Cox appeared to be healthy and there were no obvious signs of trauma, the death has been classified as suspicious until the official cause of death is determined. Preliminary autopsy reports indicate he suffered a pulmonary embolism.

“We are awaiting toxicology results and the final report from the medical examiner,” Byerly said. “Those results are expected to be available in two weeks.”

Foul play is not suspected.

“Our sympathy and heartfelt prayers go out to the family and friends of the young man,” Byerly said.

According to the Hillsboro Free Press, the Cox Family Benefit Fund has been established at Emprise Bank in Hillsboro. 

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