Missing Autistic Boy, 14, Last Seen At Union Station Is Found

LOS ANGELES  (CBS)  — A 14-year-old boy diagnosed with autism who went missing Friday during a field trip to Union Station has been found safe and sound.

Christian Olague had been last seen on an escalator at Union Station at 1 p.m., said Lt. Steve Hunt of the Azusa Police Department.

Olague has the mental capacity of a 2-year-old, Hunt said.

Somehow he returned to Azusa just before 10 p.m. on an eastbound train.

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  1. alan hart says:

    Sounds like they may have misdiagnosed him. A severely autistic boy would have no idea how to take a train anywhere. Perhaps he should be reexamined.

    1. Mellissa Morand says:

      that is a very uneducated comment….Autism in no way refers to lack of all abilities. maybe you should look up the meaning

  2. WaLLy says:

    People with autism often have high IQ

  3. deb says:

    trains are often a source of preseveration for people with autism and it is quite possible someone withseemingly severe autism could wind up riding the rails in this fashion.

  4. Carolyn Gammicchia says:

    We should also be looking at the possiblility this child could have been abducted and victimized. He was gone for nine hours and though we are always relieved when a recovery occurs, we don’t think about what is transpiring in the interim.

    Respectfullly,
    Carolyn Gammicchia

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