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Vigil nudges police to release details of 20-year-old's drowning

Police remain quiet on Saige Borden’s death

July 14, 2017
By ANTONIO OLIVERO - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - More than two months after the May 12 drowning death on Lake Placid of 20-year-old village native Saige Borden, dozens of family members, friends and community members congregated at the Mirror Lake Beach and then walked north up Main Street, candles in hand, to her family's Lobster Reef Restaurant.

More than 50 people convened on the shores of Mirror Lake at dusk Wednesday, July 12, to take part in the service, which loved ones and friends called "Justice For Saige."

Borden's close friend Olivia Pridell of Saranac Lake organized the event to raise awareness for "what happened to Saige." She did so "because a lot of questions are not being answered about her death ... and I want to show that we are all here as a community to show our support and that we are not going to let this go until the truth comes out."

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Suzanne Borden (green shirt, left) hands out lit candles before a vigil in honor of her late daughter Saige Borden Wednesday evening, July 12, in front of the family’s Lobster Reef Restaurant on Main Street.
(News photo — Antonio Olivero)

Borden's close friend Alisha Ewanos of Saranac Lake also spoke. While attendees held hands in a circle at the beach, Ewanos described Borden as a free spirit who "loved everyone she met.

"She could've blossomed into an amazing woman, an amazing wife, an amazing mother," Ewanos said. "And that was taken from her - cut short. And I continue to ask, 'Why?' I'm confused and I'm hurt because my friend is gone and I don't have the real story of what happened."

"We are all seeking the truth," Ewanos added. "Everything hurts knowing that she's gone. The hardest thing is figuring out how to express this hurt. So we all get together, and we talk about this as a family. That's what our community is: a family built on love, and trust and relationships. That's why this is so hard for me to wrap my head around.

"The moments that led up to Saige's death," she continued, "didn't seem to contribute to our Lake Placid-Saranac Lake family at all. I feel we deserve to know what happened because Saige would be here today if any one of us had been in that canoe."

As of Wednesday evening, state police still aren't releasing any more information on the Borden case than they have already said, which includes the following: that Saige and two other people were in a canoe that capsized on Lake Placid on the morning of May 12, that all three fell in the water but the other two were able to get to shore safely and suffered no injuries, that Saige was not wearing a life jacket and that there were no life jackets in the canoe.

State police Public Information Officer Jennifer Fleishman wrote in an email Wednesday afternoon that the investigation is still pending. She again denied a request to confirm or refute other details, including the names of the two other parties in the canoe at the time of the incident.

Firefighters in two boats rescued Borden from the lake May 12 and attempted CPR but couldn't find a pulse. They took her by boat to a waiting ambulance that transported her to Adirondack Medical Center in Saranac Lake. At the hospital at 11:55 a.m., she was pronounced dead of apparent drowning.

Borden graduated from the Lake Placid High School in 2015 and had worked at several Lake Placid restaurants before she and her father hatched the idea of opening the Lobster Reef Restaurant on Main Street. In the weeks and months leading up to her death, Borden worked with her father to put the finishing touches on the restaurant, which opened in June.



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