Vermont State Police Following continued investigation, the Vermont State Police is identifying the victim as Gabriel McEachern, 7, of Stockbridge.
Investigators learned that Gabriel was with his parents, Kenneth and Danielle McEachern; his two siblings; and another large family Wednesday evening, June 24, 2020, at the White River near the Gaysville post office at 35 Bridge Street in the town of Stockbridge. The children were playing and wading in shallow water near the shore. Shortly before 9 p.m., Gabriel’s father found him submerged in the water. Gabriel was pulled to shore, and lifesaving efforts including CPR were initiated while a nearby resident called 911.
First responders including Valley Rescue, the Stockbridge Volunteer Fire Department and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART) helicopter responded to the scene. Gabriel was flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, where he was pronounced deceased.
The death appears to be an accidental drowning. Results are pending from an autopsy conducted Thursday in New Hampshire to confirm cause and manner of death.
No additional details about the case are currently available.
***Initial news release, 12:50 a.m. Thursday, June 25, 2020***
The Vermont State Police is currently investigating an apparent drowning in the Town of Stockbridge. The victim was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and pronounced deceased late Wednesday evening. The investigation is in the early stages and being handled by detectives from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations and troopers from the Royalton Barracks.
There is no further information at this time.
VERMONT STATE POLICE
RANK / TROOPER FULL NAME: Detective Sgt. Thomas McCoy
DATE/TIME: 06-24-2020 / approx. 2107 hours
INCIDENT LOCATION: White River near 35 Bridge St., Stockbridge, VT
INCIDENT: Death investigation
VICTIM: Gabriel McEachern
CITY, STATE OF RESIDENCE: Stockbridge, VT