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Dakarai Evans is seen in a photo provided by the Riverside Police Department. He was reported missing Sunday night.

A boy with autism who went missing Sunday night in Riverside was reunited with his mother after two people recognized him and called police on Monday.

Dakarai Evans, 15, was reported missing at about 9 p.m. on Sunday after he walked away from his home in the 1700 block of 7th Street (map), according to a news release from the Riverside Police Department.

Dakarai’s mother left their apartment for a few minutes to take out the trash and noticed he was gone when she returned, police stated in the news release.

Dakarai has no real sense of time or distance and would continue to walk without stopping, according to authorities.

About a month ago, Dakarai wondered off before eventually being found in Colton, police stated.

Officers and a police helicopter searched unsuccessfully for Dakarai throughout the night and then asked the public for help in locating him.

On Monday, two people recognized Dakarai sleeping in a grass area in the 2000 block of Iowa Avenue (map) and called police at about 1 p.m., according to Sgt. David Amador of the Riverside Police Department.

Police arrived and then immediately reunited Dakarai, who was unharmed, with his mother.

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