Police find body of missing 11-year-old autistic boy in Scugog River

Draven Graham went missing from his Queen Street home in Lindsay at 3 p.m. on Sunday

11-year-old Draven Graham of Lindsay. (Police-supplied photo)
11-year-old Draven Graham of Lindsay. (Police-supplied photo)

The search for missing 11-year-old Draven Graham of Lindsay has ended in tragedy.

At around 3:30 p.m. on Monday (June 13), members of the OPP’s Underwater Search and Recovery Unit located the body of the autistic boy in the Scugog River, according to police.

“The investigation is ongoing, but no foul play is suspected,” said Kawartha Lakes police sergeant Deb Hagarty in a video posted on Twitter at 5:21 p.m.

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“We would like to thank everyone in the community for all of their support, and all of our emergency services partners who were involved in this extensive search, including multiple units of the Ontario Provincial Police, Peterborough Police, Kawartha Lakes Fire and Rescue Services, Kawartha Lakes Medical Services, and volunteer search teams.”

“Everyone involved has a heavy heart at this time. We encourage each of you to continue to support the family, while allowing them to grieve during this traumatic time. Anyone else that has been affected by this news is encouraged to seek the required supports.”

Draven went missing from his Queen Street home in Lindsay at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

An extensive search followed throughout the day and overnight.

Surveillance video showed Draven walking northbound on Caroline Street, where searchers later found his t-shirt and pants (he was wearing no shoes when he went missing).

He was last seen around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday in the area of Rivera Park.

On Monday morning, police were still encouraging residents to search their properties, in the hopes that Draven was hiding somewhere, while police divers searched the Scugog River.