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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