UPDATE: Portland Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Autistic Boy Found on a MAX Train

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April 28, 2012 04:45

  

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Portland Police have identified the autistic boy found alone on a MAX train in Northeast Portland Friday evening. The boy, 10-years-old, will remain in foster care with Oregon DHS as the investigation continues.

The Police Bureau would like to thank the public for tips leading to his identity.

No further information can be released at this time.

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The Portland Police Bureau is asking for the public's help in identifying an autistic boy who was found alone on a MAX train. Transit Police officers responded to the MAX platform, at Northeast 60th Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. this evening on a report of a found child, after citizens reported that he boarded the westbound MAX train at the Gateway Transit Center.

The child was alone and was unable to communicate with the citizens, who called 9-1-1 and waited with him until police arrived. Officers were able to determine that the child is likely autistic, and they have been unable to determine his name or where he might live. There have been no related calls involving a missing child within Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas or Clark counties, in the 2.5 hours since he has been found.

Missing Persons Unit detectives were contacted and are reaching out to community members who work with autistic children, in an effort to possibly identify the child. Detectives have also activated the "A Child Is Missing" (ACIM) reverse phone notification system, which makes pre-recorded calls to landline phones within a designated geographic area, alerting the public to incidents such as this. The recorded message includes the child's description, and directs callers who may have information about his identity to call 9-1-1.

The child is an African-American male, approximately 9-13 years old, who is approximately 5'2" tall and 140 pounds. He has medium length brown hair and brown eyes, and was wearing a black leather jacket over a red shirt, dark blue sweatpants, black and grey running shoes, and a red knit cap with 2 white stripes on it.

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) has been contacted, and has arranged for the child to be temporarily placed with an approved special needs foster home, until he can be identified and police can investigate why no one has reported missing.

Anyone who can identify the child (shown in the attached photo, taken by officers at the scene), or who knows where he lives, is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with additional information related to this case, or who has resources within the community to help identify him, is asked to contact Detective Mike Weinstein, at (503) 823-0446.

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