MENIFEE (CBSLA.com) — Officials are expanding the search for a missing Menifee boy with autism.
Sheriff’s officials say 11-year-old Terry Dewayne Smith disappeared at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. Lisa McConnell.
The boy responds to his nickname “Juju.”
KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports Smith was last seen Saturday by his stepbrother while his mother was out for the evening.
Deputies were called at 10:33 a.m. Sunday to a home in the 33000 block of Helen Lane and efforts to search for Smith proved unsuccessful.
“When they woke up in the morning the mother walked into the room and noticed he was missing,” said Deputy Albert Martinez, of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies do not suspect foul play.
As temperatures soared past 100 degrees Monday, officials have intensified their search for the boy with helicopters and bloodhounds.
Hundreds of volunteers have also joined the search effort, passing out fliers and scouring the area near Smith’s home.
“At this point, he’s probably dehydrated, scared, not taking his medication and may not respond when called,” volunteer Julie Rogoff said.
Smith is 4 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 76 pounds and has sandy blonde hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue basketball shorts.
Deputies urge anyone who has seen Smith or knows about his whereabouts to call the Sheriff’s Perris station at (951) 210-1000.