Missing teen with autism found safe

Missing teen with autism found safe

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has canceled a missing child alert for a 16-year-old who has severe autism.

Shortly before noon on Tuesday, July 21 the ALEA issued a Missing Child Alert to assist the Phenix City Police Department in a search for the missing teen. 

ALEA's Aviation Unit responded and had been searching for approximately two hours when they were notified by ground units that a nearby neighbor had seen the teen on their security camera. 

Aviation then located him in a deep wooded ravine, lying on the ground between two logs and exhausted. 

Aviation crew members directed ground personnel to the teen, who then carried him to an awaiting ambulance. 

"With a triple digit heat index, today's rescue of the missing 16 year old could have had a tragic ending without ALEA's Aviation Unit," said Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier. "This unit provides an essential state service as we assist in rescue efforts throughout the state."

The ALEA and Phenix City Police Department would like to thank everyone for their help locating him.

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