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Missing 14-Year-Old Autistic Boy Found Sleeping in Neighbor's Car After Late-Night Search (VIDEO)

A 14-year-old autistic boy who went missing Thursday night was found early Friday morning after a large search, which included a police helicopter that did circles around Davis.

UPDATE: A 14-year-old autistic boy who went missing Thursday night was found early Friday morning after a large search that involved a police helicopter, the fire department and community members. (Original story below).  

"Child has been located and is safe!" tweeted the Davis Police Department at 1:50 a.m. Friday morning. Ten minutes later they tweeted, "Thanks to all the neighbors who came out and helped us search! Davis is a great community!!"

The boy, Anthony Budweiser, had gone missing several hours earlier, according to members of a search crew near Community Park. No foul play was suspected.

POLICE STATEMENT:  "The Police Department began searching the area with the assistance of the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, the UC Davis Police Department, UC Davis student volunteers, and the CHP. A CHP helicopter was used to check open fields and surrounding areas. At approximately 1:45 in the morning, the 14 year old was found asleep in a neighbor’s vehicle  and unharmed not far from his home." (10/19 9:52 a.m.)

Here's the story we published after the child went missing. We'll update with details Friday. If you'd like to share any information about the search effort, feel free to comment below or contact me at justin.cox@patch.com or 530-262-8183. 

ORIGINAL STORY: A helicopter made several loops around Davis in search of a missing 14-year-old autistic boy around 11:45 p.m. on Thursday. 

The helicopter had a searchlight and a loudspeaker, which you can hear (and somewhat see) in this video. Here are the details we can gather: 

  • The boy is autistic, non-verbal
  • White male
  • Weighs 140 pound
  • 5-feet, 4-inches tall
  • Blonde hair
  • Brown shirt
  • Blue jeans

I went into Community Park as the helicopter passed and I chatted briefly with two police officers who were shining bright lights across the open grass. They said that the boy went missing Thursday, and they echoed what the helicopter loudspeaker said: Non-verbal autistic boy. Call police if you see him. 

Firefighters who were searching near Community Park said boy had been missing for about two hours as of 12:30 a.m. on Friday. He went missing in north Davis, they said, but authorities were expanding the search south. 

I contacted the Davis Police Department for formal comment and will update this story when they get back to me, which will likely be early Friday morning.

Did you hear the helicopter? Did we miss any details? If so, please add them to the comments below or add your own footage by clicking the upload button below the video. 

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Stephen Nowicki October 19, 2012 at 02:40 PM
I am so glad to hear that he has been found and is now safe. Great Job last night!
Antoinette October 19, 2012 at 02:51 PM
I so agree! Well done Davis! I'm so glad he's been found and is safe.
Randall L-m October 19, 2012 at 03:02 PM
i was out with a couple hundred other North Davis residents and quite a few UC Davis students looking in cars, bushes, under everything imaginable. i ran into the boy's mother at one point and, knowing i would want everyone out looking for one of my children, was even more determined to stay until we found him. very proud to be a Davisite today. thank you everybody!
Cfranc October 19, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Yes, the helicopter was extremely low flying!! So glad to hear they found him safe. :)
Irene October 19, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I worried about him all night. I was awakened by the searchlights and loudspeaker. I turned on every outside light I had for the entire night to help in our corner of the greenbelt. I was in awe with respect and appreciation for our first responders' rapid and intensive search for Anthony. We live in an amazing community!
Rachel DuBose October 19, 2012 at 03:52 PM
I live where the chopper was circling. I'll never forget the announcement "Anthony, you are not in trouble. You just need to go home."
Justin Cox (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 04:09 PM
That's great you were part of the search! Sounds like a whole lot of people showed support.
Justin Cox (Editor) October 19, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Wow, they just gave a straight-up description when they were near my home, (14th and F). That's memorable stuff. Glad things worked out.
Kristen Muir October 19, 2012 at 05:28 PM
These stories of incredible community support are why we live in Davis!! Thanks all!!
Kim October 19, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Hi, I'm Anthony's mom, Kim ...I want to thank everyone for everything they did to help us. I woke still thinking this was a nightmare but it was so real. I had not personally seen who was looking but from what I hear it was amazing support. It was also his 14th birthday. Brother had left the door unlocked after think we left leftover pizza in the car. It took 5 mins for him to be out of sight and over 3 hours to find him. He loves trucks and thank god he found one open and fell asleep. I can't really ever thank anyone enough.
Hui Ouyang October 19, 2012 at 08:11 PM
I am moved by Davis people and police!
Julie van der Zeeuw October 19, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I am so glad he was found! My heart ached for your family as I searched, but I was so proud of our neighbors and community for the incredible effort. There were more people out at 1:30 am than I see out during the daytime! :o)
Laura October 20, 2012 at 05:07 AM
I am Anthony's Aunt. I thought it was soooooooo amazing how much support and effort was made last night. People EVERYWHERE AND ANYWHERE. The apartments, bathrooms, every greenbelt, every street, the tracks... I am so grateful he got home safe!!!! Thanks to everyone who helped!!!
Justin Cox (Editor) October 20, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Hi Kim. I'm really glad things turned out the way they did. Scary I'm sure, but it turns out it was a good opportunity to see how much the community cares. Cool stuff. And happy birthday to Anthony!
Erik Leiken October 23, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I heard and saw the helicopter fly over my house that night. Very scary stuff. Glad he's ok!!!
Susan Salkeld October 24, 2012 at 05:58 AM
I heard that part too and had tears running down my face. So glad to hear he is okay
xshia crouch January 19, 2013 at 10:44 PM
all you have to do is pray and god will lead the way

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