Adrien McNaughton was 5 when he vanished

(RENFREW COUNTY, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continues to follow potential leads in relation to the 1972 disappearance of Adrien McNAUGHTON. The Renfrew County Crime Unit under the direction of the Criminal Investigation Branch is continuing the investigation.

Adrien was five years old when he went on a fishing trip to Holmes Lake, near Calabogie on June 12, 1972. He was there with his father and siblings when he wandered into the forest. Despite a massive search effort at the time, as well as subsequent searches, no trace of Adrien has ever been found.

One theory was that the child had somehow made it out of the forest and could have been taken in by someone and potentially be alive and living in the region.

In 2009, investigators released an image, created by an artist, of what Adrien might look like in his early 40’s. Since that time, the OPP has received multiple tips that have been investigated and ruled out.

“If Adrien is alive he might have only fleeting memories from his early years”, said Detective Inspector Serge Acay. “We would ask everyone, in the Renfrew County area and elsewhere, to take a close look at the artist’s sketch and think about people you know.” 

Adrien McNAUGHTON would be 54 now.

If anyone has information, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous you may contact Renfrew County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at