Earlier this week, Chase Martens, a 2 year old from rural Manitoba went missing. On Saturday, March 26, his body was found in a near-by creek. A fundraiser has been set up to help the family with funeral costs.
The toddler went missing Tuesday evening. He was last seen playing in the yard on his family’s farm near Austin, MB. Although search parties had already looked at the creek near his home, he was not found the first time they were there. They looked again and found his body in the water.
Police say that the area was actually searched several time but as water levels changed over the course of the week with weather, it made it easier to discover his body.
According to CBC News, “His body was located by a group of Winnipeg search-and-rescue volunteers in a creek about half a kilometre south of the home at around 1 p.m. CT Saturday, said RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Bert Paquet.”
Authorities say that the child likely wandered off and fell in the creek, although his parent had said in previous statements that it was not like him to do so. Police have said that there were not any signs of foul play.
Manitoba Premier, Greg Selinger, tweeted his condolences.
CTV News reported that, “Mourners held a vigil for the toddler at the family’s home on Sunday, the same day an autopsy was scheduled to be performed on the boy’s remains.”
Since his body was discovered, an autopsy has revealed that the cause of death was drowning.
Those who attended the vigil on Sunday expressed their grief and broke out into song, singing Amazing Grace to express their sadness.
A GoFundMe account has been set up (https://www.gofundme.com/42wbfn6k) to help with the funeral costs. Many have donated and they are almost half way to their $300 goal already. Those who have donated to help with the costs of the funeral of Chase Martens have also taken time to express their sadness and grief and to reassure the parents that it was not their fault.
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