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Autistic Boy Goes Missing, Triggers State Alert

The missing youth got separated from his mother at Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles. After neither security nor police found him, police issued a statewide alert.

Autistic Boy Goes Missing, Triggers State Alert


On Saturday just after 6:30 p.m., a Prospect Heights woman reported that her autistic 13-year-old son walked away from her while they were at Golf Mill Shopping Center, and they became separated and she could not find him, according to police. Golf Mill security instituted a Code Adam alert, which mobilizes the mall's security and staff for finding missing children or disabled adults. 

Earlier: Golf Mill Locks Down for Lost Kids

The youth was not located, and when police responded, they searched the mall the the surrounding area, but did not find him, according to the report. They placed him on a state missing person's database and a statewide broadcast alert was issued.

About three hours later, at 9:30 p.m., Prospect Heights police notified Niles police that the 13-year-old was sitting in the lobby of the apartment building where he and his mother live. He had walked from Golf Mill to Prospect Heights, a distance of at least seven miles (and possibly more, depending on the locaton in Prospect Heights) to the northwest. The mother and son were reunited. 

Two metal sewer grates stolen

A manager of a store in the 8900 block of Greenwood reported that on Oct. 28 around 6:50 a.m., two men driving a white man in the alley behind the store removed two metal sewer grates. They are valued at $500. 

Information is taken from Niles Police Department reports.

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