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ANITA OLSON - Standard Journal

ST. ANTHONY - The Fremont County Sheriff's Office says the death of 10-year-old Dalton Eby of Island Park was accidental.

The boy was reported missing Thursday night around dark. After an all-night search by the Fremont Search and Rescue, the Sheriff's Office and volunteers, his body was found early Friday morning by Fremont County Deputy Thad Garner in Last Chance.

The cause of death was strangulation by a rope.

"The game (a choking game) that he was playing just went wrong," Fremont County Sheriff Ralph Davis says. The game involves self-asphyxiation, which produces a kind of high.

"He was a great, intelligent, athletic boy with a bright, bright future and a great family," Davis says. "It was a tragic thing. Kids just don't understand what they're doing, how many lives they affect and how it affects the family.

"Of all the things we deal with, this is one of the worst. Bless his heart, what a sad, sad thing."

Dalton is the son of David and Dede Eby of Island Park. He had three siblings.

He just finished the fourth grade at Ashton Elementary, and was a member of the Ashton Christian Fellowship Church.

He enjoyed cliff jumping, riding his go-cart and snowmobiling, according to an obituary.

Funeral services were held Monday at the Christian Fellowship Church.