UPDATE: Box Elder County 2-Year-Old Boy Drowns In Rapid Waters

May 22, 2017

Credit Brian Champagne

UPDATE:  The investigation of the case involving the child who fell into a river in Logan Canyon is complete.

"After the careful examination of evidence, it has been determined the death of Titan Chavez from Brigham City, Utah, was accidental," said Lt. Mike Peterson from the Cache County Sheriff's Office in a press release on Tuesday.

Peterson said the investigation determined that Titan walked away from his family's campsite after being left unattended for a short amount of time. He walked to the nearby river where he fell in and was swept away by the rapid current.

"His body was located just less than a half-mile down stream," Peterson said. " Again, the case has been ruled an accidental death. No criminal charges are being pursed."

Peterson expressed deep sympathy for the Chavez family and asked for space and privacy at this time.

"Record levels of snowpack in the mountains of Cache County have the water ways running at or near full capacity," he said "It is anticipated that high water levels will last well into the summer months. We encourage everyone to use extra caution around all river and streams.

Original story:

A weekend drowning in Cache County has emergency officials reminding parents to watch their children near waterways.

Sunday morning deputies from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office and resources from Cache County Search and Rescue were dispatched to a campsite area approximately 2.5 miles up the Left Hand Fork area of Blacksmith Fork Canyon in Cache County on a report of a missing two year old child.  

"The child was located in the river just shy of about a half mile away from the campsite,” said Lt. Mike Peterson with the Cache County Sheriff's Office. "He was obviously deceased."

Peterson said the boy’s parents began searching for their two-year-old son around 10 a.m. Sunday. It was just after 12 p.m. when the child was found.

"We are really concerned about people being close to the water, particularly little children,” Peterson said. “So obviously we really have to watch the kids. So be vigilant when you are out and around the waterways."

The National Weather Service is reporting an increase in river and tributary waters because of an increase in the winter snow pack. Peterson said water amounts in the Blacksmith Fork tributary were not unusually high on Sunday but were very rapid.

“This is just a tragic accident that probably could have been prevented,” he said. “This is just a stark reminder of the dangers that happen this time of the year."

The boy's family is from Box Elder County. They had been camping in the area over the weekend.  Investigators from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office and a representative from the State Medical Examiner’s Office are conducting an investigation into all the circumstances surrounding the child’s death.

Because the incident is still under investigation, law enforcement is not realizing the name of the boy or his family.