Missing Autistic Georgia Boy, 12, Found: Reports

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
March 3, 2019 Updated: March 3, 2019

A missing Autistic boy who went missing this weekend was discovered, according to officials.

Fox5 reported that Brendan Allen was discovered on Sunday, March 1.

The 12-year-old was last seen around 9 a.m. in Wild Smith Road in Hall County, Georgia.

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CBS46 previously reported that before the boy was found, Brendan was diagnosed with autism and might flee from a stranger if he is approached.

Officials had advised that anyone who sees the boy should call 911.

Other details about the case are not clear.

Two California Girls Found

Two young sisters, ages 5 and 8, were also found alive after spending two days and nights in a cold forest, according to reports.

missing california girls
The two little girls are believed to have walked away from their home on Twin Trees Rd in Benbow, Cali., on March 1, 2019. (Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office)

According to officials, 5-year-old Caroline and 8-year-old Leia Carrico went missing from their home on the afternoon of March 1.

“I am pleased to report that we all are witnessing a miracle today. Caroline and Leia have been found safe and sound in southern Humboldt,” Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal told ABC News.

Deputies in Humboldt County, California, said they went out after their mother told them not to, ABC7 reported.

Temperatures in Humboldt, located in the northwestern portion of the state, dropped into the 30s this week.

Missing California sisters
Caroline Carrico, age 5, and Leia Carrico, age 8, were last seen at about 2:30 p.m. on March 1, 2019, outside of their home in Benbow, California, officials said. (Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office)

Officials said the girls were found near Richardson State Park, which is more than one mile south of their home.

“They were safe and sound, still ambulatory, in good spirits, no injuries,” Honsal explained.

“We could not have had a better outcome than we’ve had this morning,” he added to ABC. “It’s an absolute miracle.”

Missing Children

There were 464,324 missing children reported in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center in 2017, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Under federal law, when a child is reported missing to law enforcement, they must be entered into the database. In 2016, there were 465,676 entries.

“This number represents reports of missing children. That means if a child runs away multiple times in a year, each instance would be entered into NCIC separately and counted in the yearly total. Likewise, if an entry is withdrawn and amended or updated, that would also be reflected in the total,” the center noted.

In 2017, the center said it assisted officers and families with the cases of more than 27,000 missing children. In those cases, 91 percent were endangered runaways, and 5 percent were family abductions.

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Reve Walsh and John Walsh speak during The National Center For Missing And Exploited Children, the Fraternal Order of the Police and the Justice Department’s 16th Annual Congressional Breakfast at The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington on May 18, 2011. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

About one in seven children reported missing to the center in 2017 were likely victims of child sex trafficking.

The number of reported missing children has significantly decreased in recent years, according to a 2017 report by the Department of Justice (pdf). The number of children reported missing dropped from 6.5 per 1,000 children in 1999 to 3.1 per 1,000 in 2013.

Missing children typically fall into five categories: kidnapped by a family member, abducted by a nonfamily perpetrator, runaways, those who got lost, stranded, or injured, or those who went missing due to benign reasons, such as misunderstandings, according to the report researchers.

Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.