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 
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