Tragic ending for missing autistic boy

Found alive in the woods after two days, seven-year-old dies of hypothermia

A young autistic boy who wandered away from his Nova Scotia home—and was found alive yesterday afternoon—has died in hospital. James Delorey, 7, disappeared on Saturday afternoon with his dog, Chance. Wearing light clothing and no jacket, he spent the next two days and two nights lost in a snowy forest more than a kilometre away from his house. Chance returned to the home yesterday morning, but by the time search-and-rescue crews retraced the dog’s tracks and discovered the boy, he was barely conscious and suffering from severe hypothermia. Delorey was airlifted to Halifax in critical condition, and this morning, hospital officials announced that he did not survive. His family has asked for privacy.

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