Missing autistic child found dead in creek

Missing autistic child found dead in creek

AURORA, IN (FOX19) - It's a tragic ending for a 7-year-old boy who went missing on Sunday afternoon.

Officers with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources found the body of John Burton Jr., 7, in North Hogan Creek on Monday morning just after 9 a.m.

Police say Burton was playing with his dog Sunday afternoon in area of Park Avenue in Aurora near a creek. The dog returned to the boy's home at 451 Park Avenue and was wet, but the boy was not with the pet.

The family had just moved to the Aurora neighborhood this weekend, meaning it was a new environment for the child.

Over 150 people were out at one point looking for Burton on Sunday. People who did not even know the family searched for hours.

"Everybody wants the same thing, to find a healthy, happy 7-year-old," said Jennifer Gallagher. "We are a very close-knit community and we just had to band together to help out."

John's parents say he would sometimes hide from people he believes are looking for him.

The search for Burton on Sunday ended around 9 p.m. when conditions became too dark for volunteers.

The search resumed Monday morning, but search crews were called back shortly after heading out after officers found the body.

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