Menifee Autistic Boy Missing: Search For 11-Year-Old Terry Dewayne Smith Continues Into Third Day As Calif. Temperatures Top 100 Degrees [VIDEO]
A Menifee autistic boy, 11-year-old Terry Dewayne Smith, has been missing from his home in Menifee, Calif., since early Sunday morning. The search for Smith, who authorities believe could be wandering the rugged, bushy terrain of southern California's Riverside County, carries into its third day as temperatures in the area soar into the triple digits. Authorities fear for the Menifee autistic boy, who doesn't have any food, water or, perhaps most importantly, his medication.
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Smith, who is 4-foot-8 and weighs 76 pounds and has blonde hair, was last seen around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. His mother left the Menifee autistic boy with his older stepbrother that evening while she went out to play pool with friends. Newsmax reports that when Smith's mother went to check on him and give her son his medication around 10:30 the next morning, her son wasn't in his room.
According to the Washington Post, as many as 400 people, both deputies and volunteers from the community, will be searching the area around the Menifee autistic boy's home, which is about 70 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
The Riverside County Sheriff's Department has been searching for Smith since Sunday, assisted by bloodhounds, helicopters and horses.
"It's going to be in the hundred-degree range today, and we need to get the boy found...Those are very rugged foothills up there," Lt. Charlie Wilhite of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department told NBC Los Angeles. There are a lot of rocks and areas not accessible by vehicle. There are a lot of areas where you might not see somebody unless you were right on top of them."
Neighbors say that Smith, while high functioning, may not respond to his name when called and might avoid strangers who could be there to help him. Shawna Smith, Terry Smith's mother, told reporters that her son is "somewhat" approachable, but that he is still sensitive to being touched on the head.
Investigators don't suspect any foul play in the Menifee autistic boy's disappearance at this point.
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