Hamilton police say they do not suspect foul play in the death of 11 year old Finnigan Danne, who was the subject of a brief Amber Alert on Sunday.
Danne was found dead not far from his home in Dundas on Sunday afternoon, just an hour after the alert had been issued.
He had been missing since Saturday morning and his family were particularly concerned because he suffered from a neuro-muscular disorder, which meant he had very limited mobility without a wheelchair, which was left behind at the home.
A search effort got underway on Saturday, with several police units, including the canine unit, the ATV unit and the mounted unit involved in the search, while members of the public also helped in the search effort.
Providing an update on Monday afternoon, police said that Finnegan’s body had been found in the sewer culvert and that an autopsy had determined the cause of death to be drowning.
They say he likely died not long after leaving his home, adding that the boy had been known to find hiding places in the past.
They ruled out foul play and called the incident a tragic accident.
As to why it took over 24 hours from when the alarm was raised to when Danne’s body was found, police say that his location ‘was initially undetected by searchers, due to the submersion in water.”
”A citizen volunteer who assisted in the search made observations that prompted officers to search further into the Culvert.”