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Title: McNaughton, Adrian June 12,1972
Description: Renfrew, Ontario, Canada 6 YO

oldies4mari2004 - September 4, 2008 03:22 AM (GMT)
CASE #: 20060085
NAME: Adrian McNaughton
DATE Last Seen: 6/12/1972
DOB: 11/4/1966
AGE (Last Seen): 6
RACE: Caucasian
HEIGHT: 091 to cm : 3 ft 0 to in
WEIGHT: 16 to kg : 35 to lbs
BUILD: Slight
HAIR: Blond
EYES: Brown
UNIQUE FEATURES: Scar - 2 inches long on forehead - over which eye is unknown.
Shirt, Orange, Shirt is oranged striped.
Jeans, Blue
Jacket, Nylon Parka, Blue
Short Pants, Brown
Footwear, Runners

SUMMARY: Adrian McNaughton wandered off into a wooded area of Holmes Lake, Brougham Township, on June 12, 1972.
LOCATION Last Seen: This six year old boy wandered off into a wooded area of Holmes Lake on June 12, 1972.
POLICE SERVICE: Ontario Provincial Police-Renfrew Detachment

1-877-9FIND ME (1-877-934-6363) Toll Free in North America
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Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

oldies4mari2004 - September 4, 2008 03:24 AM (GMT)

monkalup - June 11, 2009 07:03 AM (GMT)
Police Release New Photo Of Boy Missing 37 Years
Tue, 09 Jun 2009 11:39:02 EDT
It's been almost 37 years since he went missing, and the search for answers as to what happened to Adrien McNaughton of Arnprior continues.

The OPP have released an age enhanced photo of the boy who was only five when he went missing while on a fishing trip with his father and three siblings in Calabogie on June 12th, 1972. Renfrew OPP Constable Janice Sawbridge says they never found a trace of the boy and until they find out for sure what happened to him, they will keep the case open.

If he is alive, Adrien McNaughton would be 42 years old today. At the time of his disappearance, he had blond hair, brown eyes and a scar over his left eye.

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monkalup - June 12, 2009 02:27 AM (GMT)
OPP search for leads in 37-year missing person case
Child disappeared from Calabogie area
Posted By Debbie Robinson
Posted 2 days ago

Almost 37 years ago Adrien McNaughton, was five and a half years old when he disappeared during a family fishing trip near Calabogie.

Now the Ontario Provincial Police is utilizing an age enhanced photo in efforts to bring a conclusion to this missing person investigation which has been open since 1972.

Adrien McNaughton, of Arnprior, went missing on June 12, 1972 during an evening fishing trip with his father Murray and three siblings. The age enhanced photo depicts an adult male, with a receding hair line. He was born in 1966, and would be 42 years old today if he is alive.

Adrien and his family were fishing on Holmes Lake near Calabogie when he wandered into a wooded area. An extensive search was conducted, but no trace of the boy was located.

At the time of his disappearance he had blond hair, brown eyes and a scar over his left eye.

He was wearing an orange stripped shirt, jeans, a blue nylon parka and running shoes.

The first photo below shows Adrien as he appeared near the time of his disappearance.

The second image is an artist’s age enhancement of Adrien as he may appear now.

More information on this case can be seen at and clicking on the New Missing Persons/Unidentified Remains Pages. Refer to file # 20060085.

Tips or information on this case can be given to the OPP at 613-432-3211, or 1-877-934-6363.

tatertot - February 28, 2014 03:49 PM (GMT)

Vanished 40 years ago: what happened to 5 year old Adrien McNaughton?
June 13, 2012

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the disappearance of 5 year old Adrien McNaughton. If alive, Adrien would be 45 years old now. The mystery, which no one has been able to solve, is what happened to Adrien on the night of June 12th, 1972, when he disappeared near Calabogie, Ontario?

Adrien McNaughton was a little boy living with his family in Arnprior, Ontario before he disappeared. On the night that he vanished, he was on a fishing trip with his family near Calobogie, on Holmes Lake. He was with his father and his three siblings at the time, when he wandered off by himself into a wooded area. He was never seen again, and no trace of him or what could have happened to him was ever found, despite intensive searches of the area by the police.

The missing boy was last seen wearing an orange striped shirt, blue jeans, a blue nylon parka, brown shorts and running shoes. When Adrien went missing he had brown eyes, blond hair, and he also had a 2 inch scar on his forehead, possibly over his left eye.

Three years ago, police released an updated sketch of what McNaughton might look like as an adult, at age 42. So far, it has not lead to a resolution to the case, but police are still hoping that it might generate a new lead in the 40 year old cold case, or that it will trigger someone to come forward with new information. For right now, what happened to Adrien McNaughton on June 12th, 1972 still remains a mystery, but hope still remains that one day, police might find the answer to that question, and close the only open missing persons case in Renfrew County on file.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the Ontario Provincial Police Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies/Remains Unit at 1-877-934-6363 (toll free in North America), or by Email at, or if you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

tatertot - January 13, 2017 02:01 AM (GMT)

Dec 18, 2016
Missing Arnprior boy’s cold case may have new clues
Arnprior Chronicle-Guide
By Derek Dunn

A CBC podcast dedicated to finding an Arnprior boy missing for four decades may have recovered a tooth and another possible clue.

Someone Knows Something (SKS) finished season one in May but continued to search for Adrien McNaughton, the five-year-old who disappeared without a trace from Holmes Lake, near Calabogie, in 1972. He was on a fishing trip with family members and friends.

David Ridgen is the international award-winning filmmaker leading the SKS team. He grew up in Arnprior at about the same time as Adrien; heard the stories and rumours; and has an emotional stake in this case perhaps as great as any missing person’s case he has taken on.

The podcast itself was wildly successful, leading all podcasts across Canada for several weeks. Hearing the interviews with members of the McNaughton family, locals close to the case, law enforcement, and others, made for compelling audio week after week.

But the show ended without any clear resolution. No one, it seems, knows for sure what happened to the shy, flaxen-haired little boy - until an update was recently provided at the website

“A second search dive was conducted shortly after season one ended,” reads the website. “This dive was more time-efficient than the first, as master diver Mike Grebler and his team had a better idea of some of the difficulties they'd face — including a remote location, poor visibility and deep mud — and how to deal with them.”

Using screens made out of PVC pipe and wire mesh to manually sift through the muck, divers and two volunteers discovered a small piece of rubber.

“It was the type of rubber that you might find around the edge or toe of a small shoe.
Police brought the rubber to the McNaughton’s. They vowed to follow the lead.

Police then conducted a dog search at Holmes Lake. Another search was done with three other dogs.

Dangerous fallen trees were removed and divers did yet another search, this one even more thorough.

It involved pumping sediment onto shore where it could be more easily sifted through by volunteers. It was the best search method found to date, and it yielded some intriguing results.

“About halfway through the day, the search team on shore identified a small hard object, slightly tapered, shiny with white and yellow gradations,” reads the website. “Could it be a tooth?”

It was discovered in eight feet of water, about 20 feet from shore, near the location where the dogs indicated.

This object, and others deemed to have potential for further study, were placed in plastic bags.

“The SKS team is currently in the process of finding the right forensic dentist to determine whether the small white-ish object is, in fact, a tooth.”

Season two of Ridgen’s show investigates the disappearance of Sheryl Sheppard of Hamilton.

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