Body of Missing Boy with Autism Found


Courtesy: Laval Police Department

As we reported last month, three-year-old Adam Benhamama, vanished during a game of hide-and-seek with his sister in a suburb of Montreal, Canada. His disappearance initiated an intensive three-day manhunt that yielded few clues and no results. Benhamama had autism and was reportedly non-verbal and hard-of-hearing.

Sadly, Adam’s body was found earlier today after someone walking along the Mille-Îles River called police when the saw what they initially thought was a large doll in the water. Police came to the scene and later confirmed the body to be Adam’s. He was recovered a little over one mile downstream from where he initially disappeared.

This is a heartbreaking story on many levels and undoubtedly, Adam’s parents and family are devastated. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

Drowning is currently the leading cause of death for children and adults with autism, with a large majority of these incidents occurring during wandering-related episodes. For a free copy of an autism wandering brochure, visit http://www.awaare.org/docs/wanderingbrochure.pdf  (Adobe Reader Required).

11 Responses to Body of Missing Boy with Autism Found

  1. Amy gilmour says:

    So sorrry for ur loss of an angel

  2. Angela says:

    I am so sorry to hear about little Adam and I will be praying for his family. It’s things like this tragedy that scares me for my own little boy with Autism because he doesn’t know a stranger and he will wander off so I have to constantly watch him and that is a job within itself. This really breaks my heart.

  3. Hayde Aguilar says:

    I don’t have words to describe what im feeling at this moment, my heart and prayers goes to Baby Adam and his Family.

  4. Loretta Bradley says:

    My heart aches, no longer for Adam, but for his loved ones. As a mother of an Autistic child, I know all too well the constant concern of wandering…It seems endless, some days are good. some are not…stress, stress, stress boundries..and allow as much room as possible for exploring..They are ever curious, a beautiful trait….hence the wandering. The same way a small child will chase a butterfly.

  5. Jovita Green says:

    I am so very sorry to hear this. My grandson with Autism is a wanderer too and we worry so much about this. My heart is just breaking for Adam’s family. I hope the memories of him will comfort them in the coming weeks and months to follow.

  6. Angie says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your beautiful little boy! My heart aches for your family! I am also a mother of a son 6 with autism & he would know no different! My prayers goes out to your family & I pray that God will comfort your heart during this tragic time! God Bless You!

  7. Wendy F says:

    So sorry to hear. ((hugs)) to his family and friends.

  8. Jennifer says:

    I have prayed for Adam and his family since I first heard about his missing back in April. And I will continue to pray for them through this sad time. I urge everyone to check out that Wandering Brochure mentioned in the last paragraph of this article. Also http://www.awaare.org has a Family Wandering Emergency Plan that you can find on their main page. It really makes sense for any family that is concerned about wandering.

  9. Linda J. says:

    MY HEART BREAKS FOR ADAM AND FOR HIS FAMILY. PRAYERS GO OUT TO THEM.<3

  10. emily m says:

    I was so sorry to hear about this little boy. My thoughts are with the family. My son who is 2 has been recently diagnosed with ASD which is how I came upon this site.

  11. Drew mann says:

    This isnt my son and I dont know the family but i would give anything i have right now to have had the foresight to see this accident coming and stop it. I dont have that ability. All i can do is sit here and cry for a boy and his family that ive never met. god help me if something ever happens to my son. its almost beyond the realm of reason to think i could relate to what the parents are going through but if theres anything i could offer its – hang on as hard as you can to eachother because im sure Adam would have wanted it that way. Try as hard as you can not to let guilt and blame creep into your lives. No one could have prevented this.

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