‘Everyone involved has a heavy heart’: Body of missing Lindsay boy Draven Graham, 11, found in Scugog River

OPP divers have recovered the body of missing Lindsay boy Draven Graham, 11, from the Scugog River.

On Monday afternoon, Kawartha Lakes police Sergeant Deb Hagarty delivered the sad news via a social media video. She said members of the OPP’s Underwater Search and Recovery Unit found Draven deceased in the Scugog River around 3:30 pm, a little over 24 hours after the youngster went missing.

“Everyone involved has a heavy heart at this time. We encourage each of you to continue to support the family while allowing them to grieve during this traumatic time,” said Hagarty.

Draven has been missing since Sunday afternoon (June 12). He was last seen on Queen Street.

Since then, the Lindsay community and emergency personnel banded together to search for Draven in backyards, along riverbanks and along trails.

“We would like to thank everyone in the community for all of their support,” said Hagarty. “And all of our emergency services partners who were involved in this extensive search including multiple units of the OPP, Peterborough Police, Kawartha Lakes Fire and Rescue Services, Kawartha Lakes medical services and volunteer search teams.”

Hagarty said anyone who has been affected by this news is encouraged to seek required supports.

Just a few hours before Draven was located, his father Justin Graham remained optimistic. He said Draven, who has autism, would often hide.

Many speculated that Draven had found his way to the water’s edge after his T-shirt and pants were located on Caroline Street, not long after he went missing. Graham felt Draven removed his clothes from him because they were wet from the rain, and he did n’t like wearing wet clothes.

No further details have been provided by the Kawartha Lakes police at this time.

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