ASP: Preliminary autopsy points to accidental drowning of Caleb Linn

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FULTON COUNTY, AR (KAIT & AP) – Arkansas State Police say the preliminary autopsy results into the death of 4-year-old Caleb Linn point to accidental drowning.

Caleb Linn was found by canoers around 10a on March 28, about one half mile from the bridge on South Fork River.

Amanda and Randy Muir, Caleb's mother and stepfather, said in an interview with Region 8 News that they never gave up hope that their son would be found, and that they were thankful for all of the help and support given by search crews and volunteers.

They added that the two things Caleb was looking forward to this summer was going on this trip and getting to start school.

The investigation into Caleb's death is still ongoing.

Caleb Linn went missing Saturday march 24 near the South Fork of the Spring River in the Ozark foothills of northern Arkansas.

Searchers in boats and on horseback, foot and four-wheelers scoured the valley for 5 days. The South Fork was swollen after recent storms and authorities had feared the boy had somehow slipped into the water near the Kia Kima Scout Reservation.

Arkansas State Police said Caleb was with a group of 11 children at the 900-acre Boy Scout Camp, working on a clean-up project at a bridge about a half-mile from the main campsite.

Five children left the bridge Saturday morning to return to camp. Around 11:30 a.m., Caleb asked his aunt for permission to catch up with the others, and hadn't been seen since.

The boy and the group he was with were not with the Boy Scouts.

Region 8 News will continue to track this story and bring you the latest.

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