AUSTIN, Man. – An autopsy is set to be performed today on a two-year-old Manitoba boy whose body was found in a rural creek this weekend.
Hundreds of searchers spent days looking for Chase Martens in an area around the community of Austen.
“I would estimate about 30,000 volunteer hours were donated this week. Majority of them people who were total strangers to the Martens family,” RCMP Sgt. Bert Paquet said at a news conference.
Police say there are no obvious signs of foul play and it appears he just walked away from his home.
They say investigators will continue working to try to determine the circumstances surrounding the boy’s death.
Chase disappeared on Tuesday sparking a frantic search.
Police say the creek where he was found is only about a half kilometre from his home.
PHOTO GALLERY: Hundreds came out to help search for two-year-old Chase Martens
*With a file from Global News.
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