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Family believes death of teen was an accident

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Jackleen Lane (Source: Family photo) Jackleen Lane (Source: Family photo)

SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The 15-year-old found dead in a Shelbyville creek Monday morning drowned, according to Deputy Coroner Jack Ivers.

The family of Jackleen Lane said she told them she was going to the Shelby County Fair on Saturday, but never called or came home.

"She was so free spirited that, when she didn't call, figured she was having fun with her friends and forgot," said Josh Lane, Jackleen's brother. "I should have never let her go."

While police were trying to figure out who was in the water 50 feet below the train tracks at 1st and Goodman Monday, Josh said he was out searching for his little sister with no idea until, "people was saying they found a body in the creek. They found a body in the creek. It was like a big knot in my stomach. Next thing you know detectives came and talked to me, showed me pictures. It was my sister."

Jackleen's mother described her as an outgoing leader.

"She was a mini me," said Lottie Lives. "She acted just like me when I was her age. She was an outspoken little girl."

Both she and Josh can only believe Jackleen's death was an accident.

"Something about she passed out and fell off. That's all I know," said Josh.

Realizing Jackleen is not coming home makes her mother and brother hope others will take note.

"Just keep your babies safe," pleaded Lives. "Don't let them out of your sight."

Josh Lane said the area where his sister's body was found is familiar. He said they'd often swim there when they were younger.

He said he did not immediately file a police report because she had run off in the past.

While police say there were no obvious signs of foul play, her death is still under investigation.

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