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.
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.
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