Police say an 11-year-old Hamilton, Ont. boy with disabilities whose body was found submerged in a culvert close to his home drowned after likely crawling inside to hide.
Despite several attempts to search the roadside drain where the body of 11-year-old Finnigan Danne was found in the Hamilton community of Dundas Sunday, police said it was a member of the public who alerted them to the location of the deceased boy.
Hamilton police said during a news conference Monday that Danne, who suffered who suffered from a neuromuscular disorder and had limited mobility, wandered from his home around 10:15 a.m. Saturday unbeknownst to his mother.
An Amber Alert was called shortly after 3:00 p.m. Sunday, around 29 hours after the boy was reported missing to police, and Danne’s body was located near his home soon after.
An autopsy was conducted Monday and police said the cause of death has been determined to be drowning. They said it was likely the boy drowned shortly after going missing Saturday morning and no foul play is suspected.
Police said they utilized all resources available to search the area in attempt to find the boy, including a canine unit and mounted unit, before he was discovered submerged in the culvert that had been searched several times by police and community members.
More information to come.