Chase Martens, the two-year-old Manitoba boy whose disappearance drew national attention and was the subject of an extensive search, died from drowning.

RCMP announced Monday that an autopsy has confirmed what was expected after the toddler's body was found in a creek near his family's farm in Austin, Man., on Saturday.

Chase went missing from the farm at about 6 p.m.Tuesday.

Chase Martens, site where body pulled from Pine Creek

Flowers were laid on a patch of ice on the creek where Chase Martens was found dead Saturday. (Chrisy Thomas)

He was last seen by his mother, playing outside the home, and then "he was just not there anymore," RCMP spokesman Sgt. Bert Paquet said last week.

Hundreds of searchers combed fields, bush, forests and bodies of water in the area, about 120 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

His body was located in Pine Creek, half a kilometre south of his home, around 1 p.m. CT Saturday.

Chase Martens vigil

A makeshift memorial was set up during a vigil on Sunday, near the location where Chase Martens' body was found. (Erin Brohman/CBC)