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Monday, April 4, 2011

Missing with Autism: Adam Benhamma (Laval, Quebec)

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Autistic boy who can't speak or hear lost in Laval

Police intensify search for 3-year-old in woods and river

A three-year old boy who can't hear or speak and has autism has been lost since Sunday afternoon in Laval, Que., with police using dogs to search woods while divers comb an icy river.

Adam Benhamma was with his family visiting friends on Pointe-aux-Ormes Street in Laval's Auteuil neighbourhood.

Adam Benhamma, 3, has been missing since Sunday afternoon.Adam Benhamma, 3, has been missing since Sunday afternoon. Laval police

"He was playing outside with other children, and at a certain point he just disappeared," Const. Nathalie Lorrain with Laval police said Monday. "The children who were with him started looking for him and they couldn't find him."

The home is in a remote area of Laval, between a wooded area and the Mille-Îles River.

Police said the search for the boy was complicated by the terrain, as well as the boy's condition.

"It's almost impossible to communicate with him, and also if something happened he couldn't scream or anything like that," said Lorrain.

Police looked for the boy Sunday afternoon using sniffer dogs and the Quebec provincial police helicopter.

The search was called off at night, although Lorrain said four officers continued to comb local streets overnight.


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