(Aurora, Ind.) – The search for a missing boy in Aurora came to a tragic conclusion Monday morning.
Searchers had just begun to scour the area around the Aurora City Park at 8:00 a.m. Within an hour, Indiana Conservation Officers and volunteers using kayaks found seven-year-old John Burton, Jr. dead in Hogan Creek near the park.
“It appears he had wandered off as autistic children do, and was attracted to the water and perhaps fell into the water,” said Aurora Police Sgt. Josh Daugherty, adding the investigation into Burton’s death will continue.
Crisis team members are assisting Burton’s family.
Burton, a non-verbal autistic child who was known to family and friends as "John-John," went missing Sunday shortly before noon. He and his family had just moved into a home on nearby Park Avenue from another part of Dearborn County this past weekend.
Police were hopeful that he would be found hiding in somebody’s backyard or underneath a porch.
While the case appears to be a drowning, an exact cause of death will be determined at a later date said Daugherty. He said prior to the discovery of the body that foul play was not suspected.
With the discovery of the body, the search has been called off. Roughly 70 volunteers signed up to participate in the search Monday morning.
“I want to express all of our gratitude for all the volunteers and all the agencies that came to our assistance. It’s a huge pull for the community to come together for this effort. We are so thankful for those people who came out,” Daugherty said.
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