Nova Scotia autistic boy who went missing has died, health officials say

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HALIFAX - Officials at a Halifax children's hospital say a seven-year-old autistic boy who went missing from his Cape Breton home has died.
Jocelyn Vine, vice-president of patient care for the IWK Health Centre, said James Delorey died earlier Tuesday.
"It is with our deepest regret to advise you that James Delorey passed away at the IWK Health Centre early this morning," Vine told a news conference.
Vine then read a statement from Delorey's family: "The family would like to thank everyone involved in James's care. It was amazing to see how everyone came together. It really kept my hopes alive. We will have more to say later after we've had some time."
Delorey was rushed to the hospital after he was found suffering from severe hypothermia in a wooded area in rural Nova Scotia.
The boy was reportedly unconscious when he was located by ground search teams Monday near South Bar, outside Sydney.
Police said Delorey had wandered away from his home in South Bar on Saturday afternoon while following his dog, triggering a massive search involving hundreds of people and three aircraft.
Within hours of his disappearance, a large snowstorm moved into the region, dumping up to 15 centimetres on some areas.
He wasn't wearing a winter coat, hat or mittens.
The search was considered particularly difficult because Delorey could not speak, which meant he wasn't expected to respond to searchers' calls.
He had wandered away before, but he usually showed up not far from his home at a neighbour's house.

Organizations: IWK Health Centre

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, HALIFAX, Cape Breton South Bar Sydney

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