Thursday, July 31, 2014

14-year-old autistic boy missing in Salt Lake City

By Morgan Jacobsen, Deseret News

Published: Wed, April 30 10:07 p.m. MDT

 A 14-year-old Clearfield boy with autism went missing Wednesday, April 30, 2014, near This Is The Place Heritage Park. Steven Smith was last seen by his family as they were unloading their vehicle at 5:50 p.m. He is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a grey \

A 14-year-old Clearfield boy with autism went missing Wednesday, April 30, 2014, near This Is The Place Heritage Park. Steven Smith was last seen by his family as they were unloading their vehicle at 5:50 p.m. He is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a grey "Star Wars" T-shirt and dark grey, shiny pants. Salt Lake police have asked anyone with information on Steven's whereabouts to call 911.

(Salt Lake City Police Department)

SALT LAKE CITY — A 14-year-old Clearfield boy with autism went missing Wednesday evening near This Is The Place Heritage Park.

Steven Smith was last seen by his family as they were unloading their vehicle at 5:50 p.m.

He is described as 5 feet 5 inches tall and 120 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He was wearing a grey "Star Wars" T-shirt and dark grey, shiny pants.

K-9 officers, along with motor and bicycle patrol officers, were searching alongside volunteers Wednesday evening, Salt Lake detective Greg Wilking said. Some preliminary sightings of the boy were reported near University of Utah Research Park, he said.

"We are asking people who are traveling through this area, up in the Research Park area by the university, to be aware that he is out, that he could be in traffic," Wilking said.

The detective said Steven has a "mild form" of autism, and it was unknown if he was avoiding being found.

Salt Lake police have asked anyone with information on Steven's whereabouts to call 911.

— Morgan Jacobsen

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1. DEW
Sandy, UT,
May 1, 2014

Hope he will be found and be reunited with his family soon. We have Autistic child and we understand the challanges. I don't know if this family using a handicap parking which we do use it for our boy. Why, the closer to where we go to places (store, zoo, etc.) the less stress watching the kid. The kid will dart to where they don't THINK is common.

2. One opinion
west jordan, UT,
May 1, 2014

I hardly ever see the Amber Alert anymore. Why is that? It seems like the perfect place to notify the public of missing children. Can photos be shown on the amber alert? So many people don't read the newspaper or even watch news on TV so it would cover another segment of the public on the Amber Alert board.

3. Philippine Bonita
Sammamish, WA,
May 1, 2014

The Amber alert board on the freeway is mainly used in a kidnapping particularly when a vehicle description is available. Then drivers can see the sign and look around as they drive.