Disappearance of Adrien McNaughton

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Coordinates: 45°15′19″N 76°52′21″W / 45.255173°N 76.872572°W / 45.255173; -76.872572

Adrien McNaughton
Adrien McNaughton

(1966-11-04)November 4, 1966
DisappearedJune 12, 1972 (aged 5)
Holmes Lake, Greater Madawaska, Ontario
StatusMissing for 46 years, 11 months and 23 days
Height3 ft (0.91 m)
Weight35 lb (16 kg)
  • Murray McNaughton (father)
  • Barbara McNaughton (mother)

Adrien McNaughton (born November 4, 1966)[1] was a five-year-old Canadian boy who went missing on June 12, 1972.[2][3]


While on a family fishing trip at Holmes Lake near Calabogie, Ontario, Adrien was fishing for about an hour with his father. Adrien became tired and stopped fishing because his line was tangled. He sat down on a nearby rock, then left the lakeshore to play a short distance away. He then wandered away from his father and his three older siblings into a wooded area.[4] The father Murray McNaughton, after noticing that Adrien was missing, sent Adrien's eldest brother Lee McNaughton to the car to search for him. When Lee didn't find Adrien a search was sent out to find him. Hours later when Adrien was not found, the police were contacted.[5] At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a blue nylon parka jacket, an orange striped shirt, brown shorts, and boots with rubber soles.


A massive search was conducted to find McNaughton as thousands of volunteers led by the armed forces searched the area where Adrien had gone missing.[6] While extensive searching was conducted, no clue to his whereabouts was found.[7]


In 2009 with the use of new digital technology, his parents hoped to find him as an adult.[8] Also in 2009 when Adrien's parents were contacted by the Toronto Sun, his mother declined to be interviewed and referred questions to the police.[9] A CBC original podcast called Someone Knows Something investigated Adrien McNaughton's disappearance, beginning in 2015. The show is hosted, written and produced by award-winning Canadian filmmaker David Ridgen, and its first episodes were released in March 2016.[10] On April 23, 2016, as part of the investigation for SKS, five highly trained volunteers conducted a search dive of Holmes Lake, looking for the remains of McNaughton, after four separate cadaver dogs indicated that they were detecting human remains in the area.[11] A tooth-like object and small piece of rubber that may have belonged to a shoe were uncovered under eight feet of water.[12]

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  1. ^ "The Doe Network: Case File 1968DMON". www.doenetwork.org. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  2. ^ Ryan Paulsen (March 21, 2016). ""Someone Knows Something" about Adrien McNaughton". Pembroke Daily Observer. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  3. ^ "Adrien McNaughton | 5 | Missing June 12, 1972 | Holmes Lake, Brougham Twp". www.unsolvedcanada.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  4. ^ "Adrien McNaughton | 5 | Missing June 12, 1972 | Holmes Lake, Brougham Twp". www.unsolvedcanada.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  5. ^ "Timeline | Somebody Knows Something | CBC Radio". www.cbc.ca. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  6. ^ "PressReader.com - Connecting People Through News". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 2017-03-12.[full citation needed]
  7. ^ "Still no sign of Adrien McNaughton". Mercury-Advance. Jun 21, 1972. p. 4. Retrieved 2017-03-12 – via Google News Archive Search.
  8. ^ "OPP hopes technology helps find boy missing 37 years | Toronto Star". thestar.com. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  9. ^ "Man missing since 1972". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  10. ^ "CBC true-crime podcast prompts lake search in 1972 cold case of missing boy". CBC News. Retrieved 2017-03-12.
  11. ^ CBC (2016-05-03), Someone Knows Something: The Dive | CBC, retrieved 2017-03-12
  12. ^ InsideOttawaValley.com. "Missing Arnprior boy's cold case may have new clues". www.insideottawavalley.com. Retrieved 2017-03-12.