Join CafeMom Today! Autism Amber Alert: Search ends for Adam Benhamama
AMBER Alerts are distributed via commercial radio stations, satellite radio, television stations, and cable TV by the Emergency Alert System and NOAA Weather Radio for child abductions only! Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder are NOT included in the criteria for issuing an Amber Alert. This really needs to change.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Search ends for Adam Benhamama

Laval boy presumed dead as search ends

Parents seek high-tech solutions to keep tabs on children

Laval, Que., police say they have done all they can do to find a missing boy with autism and have ended their search and recovery mission.

Adam Benhamama, 3, has been missing since Sunday after he was last seen playing with his older sister at the home of a family friend.

Police believe he fell into the frigid waters of the Mille-Îles River, which runs just metres behind the home in the Auteuil neighbourhood of the city, north of Montreal.

The father had just stepped inside the house for a few minutes when his daughter rushed in to say that Adam was nowhere to be seen.

"We've done all we could do as far as the ground search and the river," said Laval police Const. Nathalie Lorrain.

Parents use GPS to track son with autism

Divers using sonar had searched the river for days but by nightfall on Wednesday they had come up empty-handed.

"There was no clue whatsoever, nothing has turned up — no piece of clothing, absolutely nothing," said Lorrain.

Lorrain said investigators will discuss Thursday if there is anything else they can do besides wait for the boy's body to surface.


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