ME Rules Otay Lakes Dam Teen's Death a Suicide

Reyna Genel, 16, was found unconscious near Upper Otay Lakes Dam on Monday evening

By R. Stickney and Diana Guevara
|  Wednesday, May 8, 2013  |  Updated 6:13 PM PDT
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Teen Found Unconscious Near Upper Otay Lakes Dam

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Images from the rescue of a teenager, reported injured at the base of the Upper Otay Lakes Dam on May 6, 2013.

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Officials Probe Teen's Death Near Dam

The family of the Chula Vista teen Reyna Genel spoke exclusively to NBC 7 and told us she had gone for a run, but hours later she was found dead.

Teen's Death Investigated by Deputies

Emergency personnel airlifted the teenager, reported injured at the base of the Upper Otay Lakes Dam on May 6, 2013. The teen's death from her injuries is now the subject of a sheriff's investigation. NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports.
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The death of a teenager who was found unconscious near Upper Otay Lakes Dam has now been ruled a suicide by the county medical examiner's office.

The 16-year-old girl, recently reported missing, was found just before 6 p.m. Monday along the base of the dam after someone called deputies.

She was found unconscious, but breathing, officials said.

Emergency personnel airlifted the teenager to Scripps Mercy Hospital. She was pronounced dead at the hospital hours later.

The family of the teen identified her as Reyna Genel (pictured below), a Mater Dei Catholic High School student.

Her older sister said Reyna had gone running alone, when hours later she was found at the bottom of the reservoir.

Around 6 p.m. on Monday, her father got worried and called police. Around that same time, the sheriff's department was responding to a call at Otay Lakes Dam.

Officials initially said the teen could have fallen off a concrete wall and landed in the lake bed.

Sheriff's homicide has been investigating the incident due to its circumstances and the fact that the victim is a minor.

On Wednesday, the county medical examiner's office released a preliminary report regarding Genel's death.

The report says Genel died from "blunt impact injuries of the head" and rules her death a suicide.

No further details were released, as the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this incident can call investigators at (858) 974-2321/after hours at (858) 565-5200.

School officials at Mater Dei have a private vigil planned for Genel Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. at the school.

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