Montgomery County Educational Service Center Superintendent Frank DePalma said that Mills had been a student at the ESC’s Learning Center West on Kettering Boulevard since 2014.
That school works with special education students who struggle to succeed at their home school. DePalma said Mills’ home district had originally been Kettering schools until a recent move to Dayton.
DePalma said the principal of the Learning Center West, TammiJo Slieff, had described Mills as a student who was well-liked by the school’s faculty, staff and students.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time,” he said.
Divers from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base went into the water where witnesses had reported the teen had entered. They were directed by spotters from the Dayton fire department and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
They found Mills about 25 feet below the surface, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Lykins
“Comments on the call said there was someone in the water, they looked like they were having a hard time swimming,” Dayton police Sgt. Thomas Schloss said.
McIntyre said they trying to figure out why Mills was at the lake.
Officials advised caution when swimming in bodies of water like this because of the temperature of the water, which can be dangerous, and the depths of the water.
“Most of our bodies of water are not meant for swimming, they’re mean for fishing and just enjoying being around the water,” Lykins said. “It is marked and this is just a tragic accident.”
There are signs posted at the pond that advise no swimming.
News Center 7’s Mike Campbell contributed to this article.