MINNEAPOLIS (May 24, 2013)--Authorities in St. Paul, Minn., have closed down a popular fossil-hunting area in a riverside park, a day after two children were killed and two others injured by a landslide while on a field trip.
Mayor Chris Coleman announced the indefinite closure after searchers recovered the body of a boy who had been missing since rain-saturated soil gave way Wednesday afternoon.
The boy, whom family members identified as 10-year-old Mohamed Fofana, was on a field trip to Lilydale Regional Park with other fourth-graders from Peter Hobart Elementary School in St. Louis Park.
Another boy, whom authorities identified as 9-year-old Haysem Sani, died at a hospital Wednesday after he was pulled from the soil and sand.
St. Paul typically issues about 400 permits a year for school and other groups to explore a part of the park where numerous fossils are embedded in the Mississippi River bluff.