The 6-year-old boy who died Sunday near the Big Four Ice Caves likely drowned, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.
A 6-year-old Mill Creek boy who died Sunday near the Big Four Ice Caves apparently drowned in the Stillaguamish River.
The boy has been identified as Aidan McClanahan of Mill Creek. The cause of death is drowning and his death has been classified as an accident by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Aidan was reported missing Sunday evening near the trails that lead to the ice caves, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. The boy’s body was located following a more than two-hour search.
The sheriff’s office said Monday it appears Aidan drowned in the South Fork of the Stillaguamish River. His body was found in the river about a mile downstream from the trail’s footbridge, which crosses the river.
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The boy’s family confirmed that they had been near the footbridge before he disappeared, the sheriff’s office said.
The trail to the popular ice caves reopened last week with new warning signs.
The trail had been closed since July 6, when rock and ice fell and killed 34-year-old Annalisa Santana, of California. Five other people were injured, including her brother, a Lynnwood resident who died of his injuries in October.