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Community Comes Together After 11-Year-Old Draven Graham Found Dead In Lindsay

KAWARTHA LAKES-A heartbroken community is coming together after an 11-year-old autistic boy, who wandered away from home, was found dead in the Scugog River.

Draven Graham was reported missing on Sunday around 3:30 pm. His father says he wandered away from their home on Queen Street in Lindsay.

City Of Kawartha Lakes Police along with the OPP and Peterborough Police were all part of the search that included a helicopter, drone, OPP boat and dive team as well as K9. Hundreds of local residents also took to the streets searching in bushes, tall grass and ditches but to no avail. The OPP dive team recovered the little boy’s body from the Scugog River at approximately 3pm on Monday.

Read more here:https://www.kawartha411.ca/2022/06/13/missing-boy-seen-on-video-surveillance-clothing-found-as-police-in-lindsay-provide-an-update/

A memorial has sprung up at Rivera Park near where Draven was found. Residents placed stuffed animals flowers and candles alongside signs of love and condolences.

Courtesy Marissa Currell
“I love you Draven…. I honestly have no words you are very much missed and loved I’m so sorry. It makes me proud to live in Lindsay to see our community come together like this.” said Marissa Currell on Facebook.
Danielle Roberts said “As a community I think we are all shook and heartbroken over the loss of Draven Graham. I thought as a way to grieve together, and showing support to the families, we could all put Draven’s favourite toy on our doorsteps. We all need a way to grieve through this and show Draven’s family that our hearts our with them.”

 

Some residents were concerned that there was no Amber Alert put out for the boy. Police stated there was no concern that he had been abducted and Amber Alerts are only for cases of suspected abduction. A few petitions have been started to create a Draven Alert for missing autistic and vulnerable/special needs children in honour of Draven Graham. Click here for more information:https://www.change.org/p/draven-alert?signed=true

A candlelight vigil has been set up for Friday at 7pm at 83 St Paul Street in Lindsay. Organizers are asking residents to bring a candle and light up the night for Draven. Here is the link for more information:https://www.facebook.com/events/507426417802935/?ti=ls

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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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