Investigators say an 18-year-old Deer Creek High School graduate who drowned at a poolside party earlier this summer may have accidentally fell into the water or entered by himself after consuming alcohol and marijuana.
Emergency responders declared Oluwatoyin “Toyin” Amuda dead at approximately 3:11 am on June 16 in block 21600 of Villagio Drive in an unincorporated area west of Edmond.
The state medical examiner’s office initially determined Amuda’s death to be an “accident,” but has since updated its determination to “pending.”
Interviews with witnesses conducted by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office reveal that about 25 people under the age of 21 were at the party at one point and the pool lights went out around 12:30 a.m.
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At around 2 a.m., the pool lights came back on. A woman wanted to swim again and when she entered the pool she saw Amuda, who apparently could not swim, lying on the bottom, according to the affidavits of the search warrants.
“His outer clothes were found nearby and they weren’t wet,” a sheriff’s investigator wrote in the affidavit. “Toxicological screening is done by the medical examiner’s office. It was noted by EMSA that there was a strong smell of alcohol on Toyin’s person. Since Toyin could not swim, it is likely that while intoxicated he decided to enter the pool or fell into the pool.
According to the sheriff’s office, investigators responded at around 2:28 a.m. to a drowning call.
Upon arrival, staff from the Deer Creek Fire Department were administering CPR to Amuda, who was unresponsive. Paramedics from the Emergency Medical Services Authority also provided assistance.
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Investigators spoke to the owner, who said he was in bed when his daughter entered and told him a boy was in the pool. When the owner came out, Amuda had already been taken out of the pool and lying on the deck, the owner told investigators.
The owner said he administered CPR until emergency responders arrived.
The sheriff’s office says a girl in the house got permission from her parents to throw a birthday party for a friend. Three adults over 21 were present, authorities said.
Investigators discovered two plastic dumpsters in the driveway, which were filled with empty beer cans and assorted liquor bottles, according to the report. They also found two empty beer cans near a hot tub, an empty vodka bottle, and empty Jell-O packets.
“Witnesses describe alcohol and marijuana use by revelers, including Toyin (Amuda),” another sheriff’s investigator wrote in a search warrant affidavit. “Toyin also carried a can of beer during the party.”
Investigators spoke with a medical examiner from the state medical examiner’s office who said “Toyin’s stomach was enlarged and contained a pale yellow liquid, indicative of alcohol,” according to an affidavit.
Amuda left the party at one point and returned, investigators said. It is still unclear where he went or what he did while he was gone, they said.
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A search of his vehicle revealed no evidence related to the case, authorities said.
Investigators are in possession of her cell phone and are looking for any evidence that can help piece together what happened, such as photos, videos, social media posts and Amuda’s locations on the night of her death.
In various statements, Amuda’s family described him as a loving son, brother, friend and uncle who was loved by those who knew him.
A family lawyer declined to comment for this story and said the family would not speak either.