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Prank call leads to search for drowning person at Chester Woods

A false report of a drowning at Chester Woods Park on Tuesday afternoon led workers on an urgent search of the beach and other areas of the park's reservoir.

The call, which authorities said appeared to come from a young person, was received at the park around 3 p.m. The caller said someone had drowned in a pool at Chester Woods.

Chester Woods does not have a pool, but the report was taken seriously. At the beach, people were  asked if anyone was missing. Park workers also checked other areas of the reservoir for signs that something was amiss.

By 4 p.m., park officials concluded that the call had been a hoax and ended the search. Authorities were not able to determine if the prank call came from a female or a young boy.

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