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Teenager with autism found safe in Temecula

November 30, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Authorities said an autistic teenager who went missing early Tuesday morning was found unharmed in Temecula. Detectives said 16-year-old Steven Gonzales was found about a mile away from his home at another residence.

"Apparently, he stumbled into a side house or a spare room of a house. He was located by the owner of the residence," said an officer.

The search began at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday after a family member reported the boy missing. The boy was last seen in his home around 1:30 a.m. After searching for him on their own, the family members decided to call police.

Authorities said they started a 3-mile radius search for the boy using helicopters and bloodhounds.

Neighbors also helped with the search by going door-to-door.