Chase Martens died from drowning, autopsy on Manitoba toddler confirms

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

2-year-old's body found in Pine Creek, half a kilometre south of his Austin home, on Saturday

Chase Martens was found dead in a creek Saturday in the Austin, Man., area, about 120 kilometres west of Winnipeg. (Facebook)

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.

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.

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