Father and Two Young Sons Die On Hiking Trail In Reynolds County

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REYNOLDS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - Frigid weather may be to blame for the deaths of a Millstadt, Illinois, father and his two young sons.

The Sheriff's Department says David Decareaux, 36, his son Grant, 8, and son Dominic, 10, went hiking Saturday on the Ozark Trail in Reynolds County near Black, Missouri.

Police were called at around 6:30 pm Saturday when they didn't return to the lodge where they were staying.

A search was launched, but was called off around midnight when flood waters made the trail impassable.  The search resumed Sunday around 7:00 am.

The father and his sons were found on the trail a few hours later.  David Decareaux was pronounced dead at the scene.  His sons were taken to the hospital where they died.

Boy Scouts of America, Lewis & Clark Council of Belleville have released this statement:
"We offer our heartfelt condolences to the Decareaux family and all the Scouts and Scouters in Pack 323 for the tragic loss this past weekend. David Decareaux was a den leader and Dominic (10) and Grant (8) were both Cub Scouts. As a Scouting family, we will keep them in our thoughts and prayers."

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