Mother of boy swept into Grand River says search has ‘finally come to an end’

Codi Wilson, CTV News Toronto

Published Sunday, April 22, 2018 8:44AM EDT

Last Updated Sunday, April 22, 2018 8:45AM EDT

The mother of a three-year-old boy who was swept into the Grand River earlier this year confirms that the search for the child has now “come to an end.”

Ontario Provincial Police said that the body of a “young person” was found in the river near the village of Belwood on Saturday afternoon but would not confirm the identity of the deceased.

In a Facebook post published Sunday, Kaden Young’s mother, Michelle Hanson, said the search for the boy has now ended.

“It has been a long extremely draining two months of searching and now has finally come to an end,” Hanson’s Facebook post read Sunday.

“The amount of support was absolutely incredible and we really can’t thank everyone enough.” 

The child was with his mother in the early morning hours of Feb. 21 when the minivan she was driving went into the river in an area west of Orangeville.

According to investigators, the boy slipped from his mother’s arms as they escaped from the vehicle and he was swept away by a fast-moving current.

Heavy rain and fog made for poor driving conditions in the area at the time, police previously said.

Dozens of volunteers, police, and firefighters spent countless hours searching for the young boy after the tragic incident.

Hanson said funeral arrangements are being finalized and more details will be released next week.

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