(Aurora, Ind.) – The city of Aurora is mourning the death of John Burton, Jr.
The seven-year-old autistic child was found dead in Hogan Creek near the Aurora City Park Monday morning. He was reported missing from his family’s home on Park Avenue Sunday.
Aurora Police say there is no evidence to suggest Burton’s death is anything more than an accident. The investigation is ongoing, however.
A candlelight vigil for Burton was held Monday night at the city park. Funeral arrangements are have not been announced.
The City of Aurora is thanking dozens of agencies, businesses, and all the volunteers who helped with the search.
"We are grateful to have such a great community and surrounding neighbors who came out and poured their heart into the search effort for John," a statement from the city said.
Those agencies being thanked include:
A Child is Missing Alert System
Aurora Emergency Rescue Unit
Aurora Fire Department
Aurora Parks Department and Steve Turner
Aurora Police Department and Aurora Communications
Bright Fire Department
Buckeye Search and Rescue/Ed Noel K-9’s
Butler County Ohio Sheriff’s Department
Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department
Dearborn County Communications
Dearborn County Water Rescue
Dearborn County Emergency Management
Dillsboro Fire Department
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Greendale Fire Department who made a run for Aurora Fire Dept.
Hogan Township Fire Department
Indiana Conservation Department
Indiana State Police and ISP helicopter
Indiana Mantrailing K-9 Search and Rescue bloodhounds
Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department hovercraft
Lawrenceburg Police Department K-9’s
Lawrenceburg Fire Department
Moores Hill Fire Department
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Nite Out Taxi
Ohio County Sheriff’s Department
Osgood Police Department
Relay for Life
Ripley County Sheriff’s Office
Rising Sun Fire Department
Rising Sun Police Department
Team Adam from St. Louis, Missouri
Woodland Hills Care Center