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Boy with Autism from Ohio Drowns in Lake

July 19, 2014

(July 19, 2014) - The body of Alex Collett, a four-year-old boy with autism was found in Lake Waynoka in Ohio on Thursday evening. Alex's family were guests at the lake when Alex had wandered off near the restroom area at the beach. 10 minutes after the family noticed Alex had gone missing he was found in the water where he had drowned. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the child's family and friends.

Autism Speaks has partnered with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to address autism wandering incidents. Visit this page to find out how to report an active case of wandering.  Find Autism Speaks resources to help prevent wandering here. You can also find our Swimming & Water Safety Grants page here