UPDATE: Body of 2nd Child Found Following St. Paul Landslide

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 5/23 at 2:02 p.m.

The body of a missing child from Wednesday’s gravel slide accident near St. Paul has been recovered, according to WCCO-TV.

The victim was identified as 10-year-old Mohamed Fofana.

The tragedy happened Wednesday afternoon at Lilydale Park along the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Paul. Authorities said another boy died and two others were injured when it happened.

The four children from Peter Hobart Elementary in St. Louis Park were walking together, searching for fossils, when a hillside gave way. They were swept into a hole, which then filled with water.

ORIGINAL STORY: 5/22 at 4:34 p.m.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Officials say one child is dead and another is unaccounted for after a gravel slide in a St. Paul park. The children were at Cherokee Park near the Mississippi River as part of a school field trip.

St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard says the children were exploring the park when the slide happened about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. Zaccard says the ground is soft after several days of rain.

The two rescued children were taken to a local hospital. Their conditions were not immediately known. Zaccard says he doesn't know if the missing child wandered off or was still trapped. Rescue efforts are continuing.

The St. Louis Park school district says the children were from Peter Hobart Elementary School and were part of a 4th grade field trip.

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