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Rocky Ford boy's death reported as an accidental drowning

The body of a 3-year-old boy who walked away from his Rocky Ford home Saturday morning was found in nearby canal Sunday evening, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Posted at 10:14 PM, May 19, 2024

ROCKY FORD, Colo. — Preliminary autopsy reports suggest a three-year-old boy from Rocky Ford whose body was found in an irrigation canal Sunday died from an accidental drowning, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Amari Galan was reported missing Saturday morning. He was last seen around 4 a.m. wearing a diaper near Washington Street in Rocky Ford. Galan was reported to be a child with special needs.

The CBI issued an endangered missing alert Saturday for Amari, who was described as a 3-foot-tall Hispanic boy with long black hair.

Multiple agencies searched the Catlin Canal, which runs directly behind the boy's home. Search and rescue crews found the boy's body several miles downstream in the canal around 5 p.m. Sunday.

Galan's family says as they grieve the loss of the three-year-old boy and they've set up a memorial near the Catlin Canal. That spot is behind an apartment complex near 900 Washington Street.

The Otero County Coroner, Robert Fowler, had an autopsy performed on Tuesday. The CBI says this is an ongoing investigation and the final report will be submitted to the 16th Judicial District Attorney.

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