Incident in Blacksmith Fork Canyon

Press Release

Blacksmith Fork Canyon Incident May 21, 2017 - Child Drowning

At 11:10 a.m. on May 21, 2017, 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.
Deputies learned that a family from Box Elder County had been camping in the area over the weekend. At approximately 10:00 a.m., a two year old boy came up missing after being left unattended for just a few moments. A 911 call was made to the Logan City Dispatch after the family spent about 30 to 45 minutes unsuccessfully looking for the child.
At approximately 12:15 p.m., the child was found in the Left Hand Fork waterway, a small river that feeds into the Blacksmith Fork River, approximately a half mile downstream from the campsite where the family was staying. The child was unresponsive at the time he was found. EMT’s from the Hyrum City Fire Department and paramedics from the Logan City Fire Department arrived and confirmed that the child was deceased.
Investigators from the Cache County Sheriff’s Office and a representative from the State Medical Examiners Office are conducting an investigation into all the circumstances surrounding the child’s death. Evidence at this point is leading us to believe that the child fell into the water and was swept downstream. No names will be released at this time due to the active investigation.
This is a stark reminder of the dangers surrounding rivers and streams this time of the year. We are encouraging all people who recreate around water to be vigilant in keeping a very close eye on children. There is still a lot of snowpack in the mountains. Warmer late spring and early summer temperatures will certainly result in continued swift and high water conditions for several more weeks.
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Lt Mike Peterson
Cache County Sheriff’s Office

Update - Child Drowning 

Cache County, Utah – May 23, 2017 

Investigators with the Cache County Sheriff’s Office have completed their work on the case involving the child who fell into the water in the Left Hand Fork area of Blacksmith Fork Canyon on Sunday, May 21, 2017 and drowned.  After the careful examination of evidence, it has been determined the death of Titan Chavez from Brigham City, Utah, was accidental. 

Titan was camping with his family about 2.5 miles up Left Hand Fork of Blacksmith Fork Canyon on May 21, 2017.  Titan walked away from the campsite after being left unattended for only a very short amount of time, made his way out of the campsite to the river where it appears he fell in and was swept away by the rapid current.  His body was located just less than a half-mile downstream.  Again, the case has been ruled an accidental death.  No criminal charges are being pursued. 

Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Chavez family who is suffering the outcome of this terrible event.  We hope that you will allow them their space and privacy as they grieve the loss of their son. 

We echo our previous warnings to all those who engage in recreational activities in the canyons this year.  Record levels of snowpack in the mountains of Cache County have the water ways running at or near full capacity.  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. 

This will conclude press release information involved in this case.