An autopsy has confirmed that Chase Martens, 2, died by drowning.
RCMP did not suspect foul play.
Meanwhile, Chase’s family is ‘completely devastated’, according to a statement released on their behalf.
The two-year-old’s body was found in creek on Saturday near the family home in Austin, Manitoba after an exhaustive four day search.
The Canadian Centre for Child Protection issued a statement for the family who has expressed their gratitude to the RCMP, the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the thousands of volunteers who assisted in the search.
“The reality is, families always have hope. Until someone is told they can no longer have that hope, they hold onto it,” says Christy Dzikowicz with the CCCP. “What I can tell you, with absolute certainty, that this little boy was very loved.”
At this time, the family is seeking privacy as they grieve with their young children.
“There’s no place for judgement right now. Parents, when anything bad happens to your kids, we all blame ourselves,” Dzikowicz says. “But the reality is, nothing can be accomplished through judgement. All we can do is support this family who is absolutely, utterly devastated.”
The toddler was last seen Tuesday evening playing in the front yard of the family’s home. RCMP say it appears the boy just wandered off and made his way to the creek 500 metres away.
A vigil for Chase was held Sunday night. (photos courtesy of Global News)
Today, the family of Chase Martens is completely devastated as they come to grips with the tragic loss of their little boy.
They would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the RCMP, Manitoba Fire Commissioner and the caring and generous community volunteers who searched around the clock in the search for Chase. While they are completely heartbroken, they have been overwhelmed by the love and kindness our community has shown their family.
At this time Chase’s family is asking for privacy as they grieve with their young family.