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9-year-old boy who fell into Ogden River dies at hospital

An 8-year-old boy who fell into the Ogden River on Tuesday afternoon has died, police confirmed. Korbin Minchey was pronounced dead Tuesday night after being taken to McKay-Dee Hospital, according to Ogden police.
An 8-year-old boy who fell into the Ogden River on Tuesday afternoon has died, police confirmed. Korbin Minchey was pronounced dead Tuesday night after being taken to McKay-Dee Hospital, according to Ogden police.
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OGDEN — A 9-year-old boy who fell into the Ogden River on Tuesday afternoon has died, police confirmed.

Korbin Minchey was pronounced dead Tuesday night after being taken to McKay-Dee Hospital, according to Ogden police.

"Korbin did not survive the incident and passed away last night," Ogden police said on Facebook. "Local family and friends were notified of Korbin's passing. Our sincere condolences go out to Korbin's family."

The boy was a high-functioning autistic child, Ogden Police Lt. Brian Eynon said.

The boy and his mother had recently been staying at Ogden's Lantern House, where he was remembered Wednesday in a prepared statement as a talkative and adventurous boy who would do anything for his mom.

Shelter officials said Korbin was "absolutely adorable and the kindest, most loving boy."

Firefighters who pulled Korbin from the river about 4:45 p.m. estimated the current had carried the boy roughly 10 city blocks from the riverbank where he had left his shoes and socks.

Firefighters were combing the river when the boy was spotted wrapped around a log in the water near Big D Sports Park at 1500 E. Park Blvd., officials said.

Paramedics arrived shortly after the boy was pulled from the river and attempted to resuscitate him before taking him to McKay-Dee in "extremely critical condition," according to police.

Police received a call about the missing boy about 4 p.m., and a witness told rescue crews there appeared to be a child in the water near Ogden Pioneer Stadium.

Lantern House is taking in-person donations to help the boy's family with funeral expenses at 269 W. 33rd St.

A fundraising page has been set up to help the boy's family cover funeral expenses. Anyone making a donation should write "for Korbin" in the note field.