UPDATE – Missing Youth Investigation

(Bradford, ON) A post-mortem examination has determined that a body found in Bradford is that of missing 15-year-old Siem Zerezghi.

The cause of his death was determined to be drowning. Foul play is not suspected.

The investigation into Siem’s death is continuing and South Simcoe Police Service investigators continue to appeal for any information that can help determine what happened.

Siem was reported missing to South Simcoe Police Service around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2020. The investigation revealed that he left his home around 7:45 a.m. that morning. Police launched an immediate search for the teen on Saturday night which widened in both scope and resources as the week progressed.

Sadly, on Friday, October 30, 2020, Siem’s body was recovered in a pond at the 8th Line and Professor Day Drive, not far from his last known sighting.

Every possible resource was utilized in this investigation from countless policing partners in the GTA and beyond, to our dedicated professional volunteer searchers.

And of course, you, our community members. Thank you for your unwavering support of the police efforts and for Siem’s family. Last night we witnessed an unprecedented outpouring of support, caring and community solidarity at a vigil to remember Siem.

This was the ending that no one wanted. Our hearts go out to Siem’s family and everyone impacted by this. We know that members of the community will be suffering. Please reach out for help – either through your school, local victim services or one of the organizations we have posted on our website.