CACHE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 news) – The body of a missing two-year-old child was found drowned in Blacksmith Fork Canyon after becoming separated from his family Sunday morning.
According to Lt. Mike Peterson, Cache County Sheriff, the child was reported missing around 11 a.m. from a campsite about 2.5 miles up the Left Hand Fork area. The family searched for 30-45 minutes and then called police. When crews arrived they located the child’s body just after noon in the Left Hand Fork waterway, a small river that feeds into the Blacksmith Fork River, approximately 1/2 mile downstream from the campsite.
Emergency crews and paramedics tried to revive the child but was later confirmed deceased.
Investigators form the Cache County Sheriff;s Office and a representative from the State Medical Examiner’s Office are conducting an investigation into all the circumstances surrounding the child’s death.
Peterson said evidence is leading them to believe the child fell into the water and was swept downstream.
“This is a stark reminder of the dangers surrounding rivers and streams this time of the year,” Peterson said.
“We are encouraging all people who recreate around water to be vigilant in keeping a very close eye on children. There is still a lot of snow pack in the mountains. Warmer late spring and early summer temperatures will certainly result in continued swift and high water conditions for several more weeks.”
The identify of the child has not been released pending completion of the investigation.