Hundreds Join Search for Missing Boy With Autism

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MENIFEE, Calif. (KTLA) — The search continued in Menifee on Tuesday for an 11-year-old boy with autism, three days after he was reported missing, authorities said.


Terry Dewayne Smith, 11

Terry Dewayne Smith, nicknamed “Juju,” was last seen on Saturday night at his home in the 33000 block of Helen Lane.

His stepbrother said he saw Smith playing video games before he went to bed, detectives said.

Smith was not in his room when family members went to check on him on Sunday morning.

Menifee police were called to the residence around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Volunteers have joined law enforcement officers to search the area around the home.

A sheriff’s helicopter and a bloodhound were also brought in to help with the search, but without any success.

Smith was described as 4 feet 8 inches tall and 78 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing blue shorts.

Smith is also in need of medication, according to family members.

Anyone with information was asked to contact Menifee police at (951) 210-1000 or Riverside County sheriff’s dispatch at (951) 776-1099.

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  • TimSmi

    There needs to be some sort of cohesion between the volunteers and the Law enforcement. They do not provide any info to the volunteers and it seems they want to try to do this themselves. Well if thats the case they need to call in reinforcements cause I know for a fact the volunteers have covered 100000x more ground.

  • hearyehearye

    How in the world does a child go miss.i.n.g from 7:30 p.m. from his home, still daylight, and the police aren't called until 10 a.m. the next day?

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