COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - A missing 17-year-old autistic child from College Station is home safe, after being reported missing Sunday.
College Station police say the child had been missing from their home in the south part of town since about 5:00 p.m.
Officials weren't notified of the child's disappearance until just before 7 p.m. Due to the high risk to an autistic child and darkness setting in, numerous resources were requested to help in the search.
Nine law enforcement and first responding agencies joined in, searching nearby farms and ranches. A reverse 911 call was also sent out to the area. A citizen eventually called saying she spotted someone matching the child's description on Bird Pond Road.
The child was found unharmed around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, and was safely returned home.
The following is a press release from College Station Police Department:
On 3-19-17, at 1851 hrs, College Station Police were contacted by a neighbor of a family that had their 17 year old autistic child leave their property in a neighborhood in south College Station. The family and neighbors had begun their own search of their neighborhood and immediate area before deciding that police should be contacted. The first officers arriving on scene to begin searching for the child found that the child had actually been missing for nearly two hours prior to the report, and due to the high risk to an autistic child and darkness setting in, numerous resources were requested to help in the search, much of the area being farms and ranches nearby.
Over a dozen officers from College Station PD, deputies from BCSO and a local Game Warden joined in to search. Seven College Station FD units and a Bryan FD Rescue Operations Unit represented their efforts in the search. St Joseph provided their Air Med helicopter to help aid in the search from the air. Brazos Valley Search and Rescue responded to the scene as a member of The Search Dog Network with their canines for any potential ground search. Texas A&M PD covered emergency calls inside of the City of College Station for the duration of the search. Britt Rice also allowed access to sizeable land that they owned in the area in an effort to help.
A reverse 911 message was sent out to the area of the search to focus more attention on the missing subject and the seriousness of the situation. A citizen did eventually call in a person matching the description of the missing person, now out in the county along Bird Pond Rd. CSFD personnel responded to the area and were able to safely recover the missing child at 2122 hrs, who was then reunited with the grateful family.
Due to the collective efforts of all of the agencies and organizations, as well as the public awareness to report the child when they saw them, the missing child was not harmed is at home safe again tonight.
The safety of our community does not have borders. It is the goal of every law enforcement agency to protect the citizens that we serve. Be the eyes and ears of your police department. When you see suspicious activity contact the College Station Police Department at 979-764-3600 or the Texas A&M University Police Department at 979-845-2345; contact the Bryan Police Department or the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office at 979-361-3888. Together we can make a difference in our community.