Search for Kaden Young, swept away in Grand River, to be scaled back – Kitchener-Waterloo


Police say they will scale back the search for Kaden Young, the three-year-old who was swept out of his mother’s arms last week during flooding of the Grand River near Grand Valley, west of Orangeville, Ont.

Kaden has been missing since just before 1 a.m. ET on Feb. 21. The van his mother was driving got caught up in floodwaters over the road near their home in Waldemar.  As Michelle Hanson tried to get her son out of the van, he was ripped from her arms by the fast-moving current. 

“The OPP remain committed to finding this young child and the formal search may reconvene at any time should anything be located that may pinpoint a possible area that requires additional searching,” Const. Paul Nancekivell of Dufferin Ontario Provincial Police said in a release late Monday.

The OPP search has involved a helicopter, drone, boats, dive teams and canine units. Only a T-shirt and a booster seat have been found.

“With mild weather remaining in the long-range forecast, the OPP will be continually reassessing the conditions along the 13 km stretch from Waldemar to Belwood Lake that has been the focus of the search since the floodwaters began to subside,” Nancekivell said.

Over the past week, hundreds of people have also volunteered to search the banks of the river, including Kaden’s father, Cam Young. Police thanked them for their help and urged those continuing to search to be safe on riverbanks.

Cam Young has also thanked volunteers on behalf of himself and Hanson.

He has said he won’t give up the search.

On his Facebook page, he said, “Everyone keeps asking if I need anything. I need to find my son.” 

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