SOLON TOWNSHIP, MI – An autistic child that ran away from his home in Solon Township was located unharmed after several hours of searching by various public safety agencies.
On Thursday, May 5th, 2016, at about 5:00 p.m., Leelanau County deputies responded to a home on Gallivan Road in Solon Township on a report of an 11 year old boy that had left his grandparent’s home.
The boy has autism and left the residence wearing only a yellow t-shirt and blue sweat pant. As deputies were checking the area the young man was spotted entering a heavily wooded area north of the residence. A Sheriff’s Office K-9 and eventually additional personnel from Cedar Fire and Rescue were deployed in an attempt to locate the young man. When these steps failed to find the boy assistance from the United State’s Coast Guard Aviation Unit and the Michigan State Police were called to assist due to the temperatures falling towards the upper 30’s and darkness approaching.
Many area residents were aware of what was occurring and as information spread that a child was missing a passer-by on Gray Road just south of M-72 spotted the child and called into 911. The boy was picked by a nearby Michigan State Police unit and brought home.
Deputies stayed at the home to help the Grandparents and the child. The Leelanau County Sheriff’ Office would like to thank everyone who helped out in returning this child to his home last evening unharmed.