*Final Update* - Child falls into Provo River and passes away.
As previously reported, a female child, approximately 8-9 years old fell into the Provo River yesterday. She has been identified as Caitlin Buchkowski, DOB 03/21/00.
Caitlin, a resident of Aurora, Colorado, was in Utah visiting relatives who were celebrating a family member's fiftieth birthday. Tragically, Caitlin passed away today (07/21/09), at 17:25 hours, as a consequence of apparent drowning.
Caitlin's family will be setting up an account, in her name, at Wells Fargo Bank to help cover the associated outstanding medical costs and have asked that any monetary donations be placed in that account. Caitlin's family is very distraught at this time and has asked for time to deal with their grief. Consequently, they are requesting that their privacy be respected for now. The Utah County Sheriff's Office would like to offer its heart felt condolensces to Caitlin's family as they work through their terrible loss.
While Investigators from the Utah County Sheriff's Office are investigating the incident, preliminarily, it appears to be a tragic accident and nothing suspicious in nature has been noted.
For clarification, please contact Lt. Yvette M. Rice, Public Information Officcer for the the Utah County Sheriff's Office, at (office) 801-851-4331 or (cell) 801-420-3745.