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2-year-old's body pulled from North Fork River on Monday

Jun 12, 2012 - By Christina George, Staff Writer

The Fremont County Coroner's Office is investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy whose body was recovered Monday night in the North Fork River.

Fremont County Sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said his agency received a 911 call at 7:24 p.m. Monday, June 11, concerning a missing child on North Fork Road between Lander and Fort Washakie.

Lee said the call was transferred to the Wind River Police Department.

"Shortly after, we also dispatched an ambulance at that location," Lee said.

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said the toddler, whose identification was not released by mid-afternoon Tuesday, was taken to Lander Regional Hospital shortly before 9 p.m.

Resuscitation efforts were continued for nearly five hours, but the boy's life could not be saved.

"He was pronounced dead at 1:46 this morning," McAuslan said Tuesday.

McAuslan said it was his understanding that the child was on a family outing for a reunion picnic in the area Monday evening.

Investigators on Tuesday had not determined how the child got into the river, nor what caused his death.

"He was found in the river, but I am not saying anything as to what happened to him because I don't know," McAuslan said.

"It's still under investigation, and we're just getting started."

An autopsy is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Wednesday in Loveland, Colo.

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