Police say the body of a 15-year-old boy from Bradford, who was reported missing, has been found.
South Simcoe police say a body has been found in the area where 15-year-old Bradford resident Siem deer was reported missing.
Police said the body was found in the water near Professor Day Drive and Eighth Line, with items believed to belong to the young dead boy.
“The South Simcoe Police Department would like to thank the community for their tremendous flow of support and assistance to both the police and the family,” Acting Deputy Chief of Police John on van Dyke told reporters Friday night.
Van Dyke said a post-mortem examination needs to be conducted to confirm the identity of the person found.
Rob Keffer, mayor of the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, issued a statement Friday evening to express his condolences to the family of Zerezghi.
“My most sincere sympathies are with everyone touched by this tragic loss, including his friends and all of the young people who knew Siem,” he wrote.
“This community has come together over the past several days to look for Siem and to pray for his safe recovery, and we now come together to mourn him.”
Zerezghi was last seen on surveillance video at around 7:45 a.m. on Saturday moving north on Longview Drive.
Police previously said Zerezghi’s parents reported they last saw their son at their home in the Professor Day and Northgate drives area on the night of Oct. 23. They noticed he was missing the following morning and reported his disappearance to officers.
What People Think About Siem Zerezghi Cause of Death
“Citizens came up with security videos and scenes that helped narrow the search.”
Some folks still argue that the young boy died from drowning.
Homicide by drowning is the hardest to prove since water and sediments can wash away forensic evidence.
They would have to build a case on circumstantial evidence which requires a lengthy investigation and a lot of work. Hard to do when they only found him on the evening of the 6 days he was reported missing.
According to a Facebook user said: “
I will ask his friends if this is something they believe Siem would do is go into the water when it only 5c outside.
I feel very sad for Siem’s Family and very concerned for the children of Bradford and the community.”
South Simcoe police update investigation into the disappearance of 15-year-old Siem Zerezghi of Bradford
— South Simcoe Police (@SouthSimcoePS) October 31, 2020
The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, Mayor Keffer and all of council and staff share our deepest condolences to the family of Siem Zerezghi. pic.twitter.com/sHZUolInx4
— Town of BWG (@TownofBWG) October 31, 2020