A 6-year-old boy has drowned in an East Idaho swimming pool, authorities confirmed Thursday morning.
The boy, whose identity has not yet been released, was found unconscious by his babysitter around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in an above-ground pool in Thornton, a small town located between Rexburg and Rigby, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office reported.
The boy’s death is the latest in what’s thus far been a tragic month in terms of water-related incidents in East Idaho.
Madison County sheriff’s deputies along with fire and ambulance units responded after the boy was found in the swimming pool and immediately tried to revive him via CPR. The boy was then rushed by ambulance to Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities said the boy is from Washington state and was visiting family members in Thornton. The above-ground pool was located in the family members’ yard.
The boy’s death follows four incidents so far this month in which dead bodies have been pulled from local waterways.
Authorities say two of those other incidents were drownings while the remaining two are still under investigation.
On Thursday afternoon, the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office released the identity of the man whose body was found in the Snake River on Wednesday.
Around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives recovered the body of Michael Lawrence Meissner, age 51, from the river near the 100 block of South Capital Avenue in Idaho Falls.
The Sheriff’s Office said a citizen spotted Meissner’s body in the river late Wednesday morning and dialed 911.
Authorities are not yet commenting on Meissner’s possible cause of death.
The discovery of Meissner’s body in the Snake River followed a Tuesday announcement by the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office about the body of another man being discovered in the same river by a boater near the Tilden boat ramp south of Blackfoot on Aug. 5.
That deceased individual has been identified as 48-year-old Johnny Johnson, a Pocatello resident who had been reported missing around Aug. 1.
Authorities have not yet commented on Johnson’s cause of death except to say that foul play is not suspected in the case.
The Bingham County Sheriff’s Office said information about Johnson’s body being found was not released sooner because authorities had to determine his identity and then notify his next of kin.
Johnson’s death preceded two drownings in East Idaho waterways since Saturday.
Bradley Miller, 53, of Pocatello, drowned Sunday in the American Falls Reservoir in Power County, and Dallon Hill, 23, of St. Anthony, drowned Saturday in the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River near the Fun Farm Bridge in Fremont County, authorities said.
Authorities said they do not believe any of these recent incidents are in any way related.