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Body of child found in deadly St. Paul landslide


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- The body of a missing 4th grader from St. Louis Park has been recovered from a collapse area at the bottom of a bluff by St. Paul search crews.

The child, identified by family members as 10-year-old Mohamed Fofana, was among four youngsters that plunged off a 30-feet bluff after the ground gave way during a school field trip Wednesday.

One of the other three students also died in the collapse, while two were injured and will survive.

St. Paul Fire Commander Jim Smith says they were able to recover Fofana's body in a short period of time Thursday due to improved weather conditions, more daylight and the fact that fire hoses used Wednesday night cleared much of the mud and sediment from the recovery site.

Rain-saturated soil gave way Wednesday afternoon as the boy and other fourth-graders from a St. Louis Park elementary school walked along a path in Lilydale Regional Park. They were on a fossil-hunting field trip.

Another child died in the landslide. Authorities say one child remains in serious condition in a hospital.

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