SKS Season 1: McNaughton


Someone Knows Something (SKS) is an ongoing investigative original CBC podcast series, written and hosted by award-winning filmmaker David Ridgen, that explores cases of the missing or murdered and unravels the visceral ripple effects on families and small communities across Canada. Each week, SKS brings audiences up close with the family that is looking for answers, the investigators who can’t quit and potential suspects – investigating theories, debunking rumours and finding new information – all through head-on pov storytelling.

Season One: What happened to Adrien McNaughton?

Over four decades ago on June 12, 1972, five year old Adrien McNaughton disappeared near a lake in eastern Ontario without a trace. Series host David Ridgen, who grew up in the area, goes back in a search for answers.



David Ridgen considers whether he should create the podcast Someone Knows Something (SKS).

1. The Family 

What happened the day five-year-old Adrien McNaughton wandered into the woods and was never seen again? How does a family grieve for someone who may still be alive? And where might he be today? SKS host David Ridgen returns to his hometown to investigate.

2. Mr. Ring

SKS host David Ridgen discovers that there was another witness present in the moments leading up to Adrien’s disappearance, and ventures into the backwoods of Eastern Ontario to find him.

3. The Theories

SKS host David Ridgen speaks with those involved in the initial search for Adrien McNaughton, and weighs every available theory about the cause of his disappearance — from abduction to bear attack.

4. Hello, Adrien?

Is Adrien still alive? If so, what would he look like today? Forensic artist Diana Trepkov creates a series of age-progression sketches to help SKS in their quest to solve the mystery of McNaughton’s disappearance.

5. Breeze & Grief

Two cadaver dogs are brought in to help SKS search the area of Holmes Lake where five-year-old Adrien McNaughton was last seen.

6. The Scent

The cadaver dogs continue their search for the scent of human remains in the Holmes Lake area.

7. First Attempt 

A divemaster prepares to search Holmes Lake before winter arrives and the lake freezes over. And John Gervais identifies the mysterious vehicle he saw at the lake the day Adrien disappeared.

8. Clyde Forks

Two psychics pointed to the remote town of Clyde Forks in their readings of Adrien McNaughton’s fate and whereabouts. A skeptical look at this possibility as David travels there with Adrien’s sister Shontelle.

9. What we Know

The investigation pauses as the search divers wait for Holmes Lake to thaw. In the meantime, SKS revisits the people, information and new leads that have been uncovered in the case so far.

10. The Abyss

Five scuba divers conduct a search of Holmes Lake.

11. Terminus

In the season finale of SKS, David Ridgen wraps up loose ends, looks into ways to continue the investigation into Adrien’s disappearance, and speaks with the McNaughton family about their experience of reopening the case.



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