(KMOV) – Two memorial funds have been established at Regions Banks and Village Bank for Christopher Harthorne, a special needs child who was found dead Monday evening.
The funds will be used for funeral expenses.
Firefighters said a farmer found the body of Christopher Harthorne in a pond at 1700 Fred Huth Road in St. Clair County at about 6:30 p.m. The body was found with his bike in the pond. He was wearing the clothes he had last been seen in.
Authorities are unsure if Harthorne knew how to swim or not. Searchers had been on that road over the weekend, but did not travel down the gravel road to the private lake.
Harthorne was a special needs child who had trouble with verbal communication and a history of running away, but never for this long. His family said he had the mental capacity of a fifth grader.
He was last seen Saturday at 6:30 p.m. riding a silver Mongoose BMX-style bike along Illinois State Route 13.
An unidentified witness reported seeing a boy on a bicycle Saturday evening in Darmstadt, about five or six miles from Marissa. The witness says the boy didn't live in the town. One resident said that the boy seemed startled when he was spotted and rode away quickly. Searchers also used a helicopter and dogs Monday afternoon to try to find the boy.
The town also ran the emergency siren because Harthorne would usually come to see what the problem was.