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Coroner IDs toddler found in North Fork

Jun 13, 2012 - By Joshua Scheer, Staff Writer

Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan has released the name of a 2-year-old boy whose body was found Monday evening in the North Fork River between Lander and Fort Washakie.

"The boy's name was Joshua Hurtado," McAuslan said. "He's from the Fort Washakie area."

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office received a missing person call at 7:24 p.m. Monday on North Fork Road. The situation was turned over to the Wind River Police Department.

Hurtado's body was found in the river and resuscitation efforts continued for nearly five hours at Lander Regional Hospital. McAuslan said Hurtado was pronounced dead at 1:46 a.m. Tuesday.

On Tuesday, McAuslan said he was under the belief the child was at a family reunion picnic in the area Monday evening.

As of this morning, he said he had no new information surrounding the circumstances of Hurtado's death.

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

McAuslan does not believe there is anything suspicious about the death, but if the autopsy shows something different his office will adjust accordingly.

The FBI handles death investigations on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

"We are looking into this and waiting for the Coroner to complete his portion of the investigation," FBI spokesperson Dave Joly said Wednesday.

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