7- and 8-year-old boys drown after falling through frozen pond in eastern Missouri

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ST. CLAIR, Mo. — Authorities say two boys have died after plunging through a frozen pond near their home in eastern Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the 7- and 8-year-old boys were found Sunday afternoon in the private pond in Franklin County.

The search began after the boys didn’t return from a bike ride. The patrol says a family member found one of them floating in the pond. A diver then located the second child. The report didn’t say how long they had been in the water.

They were pronounced dead several hours later. Their names weren’t immediately released.



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