Young brothers drown after falling through frozen pond in Missouri

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Cleveland Hicks and Terrence Hicks (family photo/KMOV) Cleveland Hicks and Terrence Hicks (family photo/KMOV)
SAINT CLAIR, Mo. (AP/KAKE) -

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. They were identified as 7-year-old Cleveland Hicks and 8-year-old Terrance Hicks.

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