The body of Adam Benhamama — a three-year-old with a mild form of autism who has been missing since April in Laval, Que. — has been found in the Mille-Îles River on the north side of the city near Terrebonne.
Adam, who also had difficulty hearing and speaking, was believed to have fallen in the Mille-Îles River, which runs just metres behind the home he was visiting with his family.
Police said someone walking near the water on Île Saint-Jean called officers late Tuesday morning after seeing what they described as a large doll or a small body.
"We came on the scene, and what we can say is it looks like a small child, from three to five years old," Terrebonne police spokesman Sylvain Theoret said as he confirmed it was Adam.
Theoret said the body was found several kilometres downstream from where Adam is suspected to have fallen in the water.
The body was transported to a morgue in Montreal, where Terrebonne police worked with Laval police to confirm that it was in fact him.
Police spent three days in early April looking for Adam in the frozen waters of the Mille-Îles River.