Previously missing autistic teenager found safe

UPDATE: The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has cancelled their Emergency Missing Child Alert for 16-year-old Timothy Robinson. ALEA reports that Robinson was located safely by one of their helicopters in a ravine in Phenix City Tuesday afternoon.

Surveillance video from a neighbor gave authorities a sense of direction to find Robinson. When authorities located him,Phenix City Chief of Police Raymond Smith said “he was laying down. Apparently, he became disoriented and lost and wasn’t able to find his way out. He was in fairly good spirits.”

Once police found Robinson, he was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation.

Secretary of Law Enforcement for ALEA Spencer Collier added that “With a triple digit heat index, today’s [Tuesday] rescue of the missing 16 year old could have had a tragic ending without ALEA’s Aviation Unit.”

PHENIX CITY, Ala.- Phenix City police need your help locating a missing autistic teenager.

Police say Timothy Robinson is autistic and non-verbal.
Police say Timothy Robinson is autistic and non-verbal.

An Emergency Missing Child Alert has been issued for Timothy Robinson, 16. Authorities say he was last seen at his home in the 500 block of Williamsburg Drive. Police say he opened the garage door and made it outside. We’re told Timothy is autistic and unable to verbally communicate. He was last seen by his father, Oscar Robinson around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning. Timothy was reported missing at 9 a.m. He was reported to be wearing a white t-shirt and pull-up.

Robinson is described as a type 1 diabetic and has to take three shots per day. Authorities say he has not had his medication today and has not eaten today.

He weighs 150 pounds and is 5’4″ tall.

If anyone has any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Phenix City Police Department at (334) 298-0611.


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