Update: Body of Missing 4th Grader Recovered in Lilydale Park

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Blake McCoy from KARE 11

Update: Body of Missing 4th Grader Recovered in Lilydale Park

May 22, 2013 Updated May 23, 2013 at 11:44 AM CDT

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Authorities say they have recovered the body of the missing 4th grader who was killed in a gravel slide at Lilydale Park in St. Paul.

According to our partners at KARE 11, the missing boy’s uncle Mohamed Bah has identified the 10 year old as Mohamed Fofana, a student at Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park.

Wednesday afternoon, four children fell when the rain soaked ground of the park gave way, causing a gravel slide. Two children have been found dead and two others were sent to the hospital.

Authorities say that one child has been released from the hospital and a second remains at Regions Hospital in serious condition.

Rescuers were initially digging by hand to reach the children, two of which were found trapped.

The students were on a field trip to the park looking for fossils when the accident happened.

Crews searched well into the night for the missing student, however they had to call off their efforts due to dangerous conditions in the park. The student's body was found Thursday morning.

Counselors are at Peter Hobart Elementary school today for students and staff who are struggling with this tragic incident.

Dr. Debra Bowers, Superintendent of St. Louis Park Public Schools issued the following statement on the district's website.

"This is an incredibly sad time for our schools and our entire school community. Our hearts go out to the families, friends and everyone touched by today's accident. The St. Louis Park Schools are providing support and resources to students, staff and families, and we will continue to do so as long as needed. We, like everyone else, want to understand how this tragedy occurred, but today we ask for your continued thoughts and prayers for everyone involved."

Posted to the web by Krista Burns