The family stopped near the Willow Creek Trailhead just off Blacks Creek Road to enjoy their Sunday afternoon. The 5-year-old, standing near the edge, slipped in and was swept away by the creek, which is running fast and high, Elmore County Sheriff Mike Hollinshead told the Idaho Statesman Monday.
The sheriff’s office is not releasing the family’s name nor where they’re from for privacy reasons, he said. “The parents are really devastated.”
Searchers located the boy’s body under the water a short distance downstream but had difficulty reaching the body until several hours later, Hollinshead said. Elmore County Search and Rescue went into the creek to recover the child’s body, he said.
The accident was reported around 1:45 p.m. at the trailhead in the Boise National Forest. In addition to the sheriff’s office and search and rescue, the Prairie Quick Response Unit and a Forest Service officer helped with the effort. An Air St. Luke’s helicopter responded before authorities determined transport was not needed, Hollinshead said.