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Body of missing student recovered from landslide

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Rescue workers at Lilydale Park in St. Paul as they search for one child unaccounted for following a land slide Wednesday afternoon Rescue workers at Lilydale Park in St. Paul as they search for one child unaccounted for following a land slide Wednesday afternoon

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Authorities in St. Paul say they've recovered the body of a child missing since a rockslide killed a classmate and left two others injured at a park along the Mississippi River.

Assistant Fire Chief Jim Smith tells reporters that crews found the body of the missing child late Thursday morning.

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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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Authorities recover body of child missing since rockslide at St. Paul park killed classmate.

Details to follow on wxow.com on this developing story.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Authorities in St. Paul are working to determine how to proceed safety with the recovery effort for a child who's been missing since a rockslide killed a classmate and left two others injured.

Rain-saturated soil gave way Wednesday afternoon as fourth-graders on a fossil-hunting field from a St. Louis Park elementary school walked along a path near the edge of the Mississippi River bluff in Lilydale Regional Park.

St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard says firefighters and police are working with geologists to assess conditions at the site, which is at the bottom of a 30-foot cliff. He says it's going to be a "very, very slow operation."

When work resumes to find the child, a special rescue team will use ropes and harnesses to get to the site.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Recovery efforts have resumed at the site of a fatal landslide in a St. Paul park along the Mississippi River.

A fourth-grade field trip to a Lilydale Regional Park turned deadly Wednesday when gravel saturated by persistent rain gave way, killing one child and injuring two others. WCCO radio says the search for a fourth missing child resumed Thursday morning.

Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard says police and firefighters dug frantically with shovels and their hands to get to the children Wednesday afternoon. He estimated it took an hour to rescue a child buried to the waist, and another half-hour to reach the buried child as more workers and equipment were moved in.

The students were among 49 fourth-graders from two classrooms on the field trip from Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park.

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota (WXOW/AP) - Search efforts will resume Thursday morning for a child missing in a gravel slide at a St. Paul park.

Media outlets state rescue efforts ended around 10 p.m. for a fourth child caught in the slide Wednesday afternoon.

One child died and two others were injured.

The children were at Lilydale Park near the Mississippi River as part of a school field trip.

St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said the children were exploring the park when the slide happened about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. Zaccard said the ground is soft after several days of rain. He said the children were walking along a trail when the ground gave way and became a hole. The loose earth then fell on top of the children in the hole.

Zaccard said that when they arrived, one of the children had minor injuries, one was partially buried, and the other was buried in the debris.  Rescue personnel got all three out.  The children were taken to Regions Hospital, where one of the children died according to Zaccard.

Rescue workers had to shore up the ground around the scene according to Zaccard. Water was running into the area making it dangerous for search efforts. 

According to the fire department's Twitter page, two firefighters were injured during search and rescue efforts.  One was hit on the head by a falling rock, while the other suffered a back injury. Both were treated, released, and are at home.

The St. Louis Park school district says the children were from Peter Hobart Elementary School and were part of a 4th grade field trip.

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ST. PAUL, Minnesota  (WXOW/AP) -- Authorities in St. Paul say they have rescued two children trapped in a gravel or rock slide and are looking for one child who hasn't been unaccounted for.

The incident began at 1:16 p.m. Wednesday at Cherokee Park on the city's west side near the Mississippi River.

Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard says the children were exploring the park as part of a larger group. He says the ground is soft after several days of rain.

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