An 8 year old boy fell into American Fork River today and was later recovered but dies.
On 06/08/11, just before 8:00 P.M., the Utah Valley Dispatch Center received a 911 call from an employee at the Timpanogos Cave Visitor's Center in American Fork Canyon. The employee reported that a young male child had fallen into the American Fork River just below Tibble Fork Reservoir. A short time later, the dispatch center received another phone call indicating that the child's mother had also fallen in the river but had been successfully helped out. The child was last seen floating down the river but no one was able to pull him out.
Utah County Sheriff's Office Deputies, Search and Rescue, members of the Sheriff's Auxiliary Communications Team (SCAT) and numerous other officers from the Forest Service, Utah Highway Patrol, American Fork P.D. and Alpine/Highland P.D. immediately responded to assist with searching for the child.
The victims were in a day use area along the left fork of American Fork Canyon, just below the reservoir, when the incident occurred. At this time, the river is running very swiftly due to spring run off conditions and depths are such that an 8 year old child would not be able to stand up in the water.
At approximately 9:30 P.M., tonight, searchers located the child in the river just above the Roadhouse day use site. The child was then transported to a local area hospital by ambulance. His mother was also transported to the hospital to be treated for apparent hypothermia. She is expected to fully recover. The water temperature at the time the boy was recovered was 46 degrees.
Sadly, we report that the child Jayson Robert Corporon (8 years old) has died. We offer our sincere condolences to Jayson's family as they deal with this terrible tragedy. The Corporon family will be selecting a spokesperson and will release a photograph of Jayson some time tomorrow. The Sheriff's Office will provide an update, via the web, once we receive the information.
At this time, Utah County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating the incident but do not consider it to be suspicious in nature. No other information is available at this time.
For more information or clarification, please contact Lt. Yvette M. Rice, Public Information Officer for the Utah County Sheriff's Office at: (office) 801-851-4331, (cell) 801-420-3745, or by e- mail: firstname.lastname@example.org