ST. GEORGE — Officials Monday have recovered the body of an 18-month-old child who is presumed to have fallen overboard a houseboat at Lake Powell Saturday night and drowned.
Just before 2 p.m. Monday, the body of Alleyah Janett Bell, of Orangeville, was recovered from the Hall’s Crossing buoy field, according to a statement issued by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.
Following a two-day search, the Utah Department of Public Safety Dive Team located the child at approximately 1 p.m. in 240 feet of water using sonar equipment, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Summit County Search and Rescue deep water robot was used to recover her body because the depth was too deep for divers.
The little girl had fallen into the water from a houseboat that was tied to a stationary buoy at Hall’s Crossing Saturday night about 7:30 p.m., officials said.
“The mother told authorities that she lost track of the child for just a few minutes while the family recreated on the houseboat,” the release said. “The mother and immediate family frantically searched the boat before suspecting the child had fallen into the water.”
The child had not been wearing any type of life preserver, according to officials.
The child’s body was taken to the Utah Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm the cause of death.
The investigation is ongoing but there is no evidence of foul play.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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