Body of 2nd 4th-Grader on Deadly Field Trip Found

Boy had been missing since yesterday's mudslide
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 23, 2013 3:44 PM CDT
Body of 2nd 4th-Grader on Deadly Field Trip Found
In this May 22 photo, rescue personnel work near the scene of a rockslide in St. Paul, Minn.   (Nicole Norfleet)

(Newser) – The body of a boy missing since a rockslide killed a classmate and left two others injured at a Minnesota park yesterday was recovered today. St. Paul's assistant fire chief says crews found the body late in the morning after they came up with a plan for resuming the search safely. One of the students who was injured in the slide remains in serious condition; the other was treated and released.

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The boy had been missing since rain-saturated soil gave way yesterday afternoon as fourth-graders from Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park hunted for fossils on a path in Lilydale Regional Park. (Sad detail: The Star Tribune notes that the child whose body was recovered today "liked geology," per his uncle.) Partly for safety reasons, the city requires permits for fossil-hunting at the park, and requires applicants to sign a waiver releasing the city from any liability for injuries or property damage. The park department's permit website and the application form also warn of conditions that may be "hazardous." (Read more elementary school stories.)

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