Again, what the inquiring SAR member, search manager and sheriff would like to know: why was an autistic boy out walking the dogs alone just before dusk? If he was calling for help, how autistic is he? Was he frightened by the dark, was he cold and miserable? Was he a "high functioning" autistic kid? Searchers really need to know this before they start searching for someone with that label because it changes the tactics of the search.
November 20, 2010 By STEPHANIE LEE source
JEFFERSON -- An 11-year-old autistic boy reported missing Monday night was found safe early Tuesday morning, police said.
The boy, of Peraglie Road, was reported missing by his mother after he went for a walk with his two dogs about 4 p.m. and had not returned two hours later, said Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond.
A search of the area was conducted by the sheriff's office, the county search and rescue force, State Police, State Police Aviation, state Department of Environmental Conservation police officers with a canine unit, the Jefferson Fire and Rescue Squad and the Summit Fire Department, Desmond said.
Searchers found the boy with the two dogs around 12:30 a.m., after he was heard calling for help in the woods off Dyer Road in Jefferson, Desmond said.
The boy was taken to Bassett Medical Center, Desmond said. He did not sustain any life-threatening injuries.
Desmond said the searchers were concerned because of the cold temperatures, a large swamp and several small ponds in the area.
"We planned on a large-scale search this morning at first light," he said. "Thankfully, that wasn't required."