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Sheriff: Teen with autism who vanished while snow tubing in Mahwah walked to Oakland

Photo Credit: Courtesy NEW JERSEY SEARCH & RESCUE
Photo Credit: Courtesy NEW JERSEY SEARCH AND RESCUE

UPDATE: A 14-year-old boy with autism who vanished while night snow-tubing with his family at Campgaw Mountain Ski Resort in Mahwah last night was hospitalized after he knocked on the door of an Oakland resident’s house before dawn this morning, Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

“He’d walked quite a distance,” said Saudino, who was involved, along with a K9 unit from his office, in what became a massive search. “He was barefoot when they opened the door.”

PHOTO: Courtesy NEW JERSEY SEARCH & RESCUE

“He was hospitalized for precautionary measures,” the sheriff added just after 5 a.m., moments after word came that the teen had been found.

He originally was seen “going up the hill but not coming down” around 9:30 p.m., Police Chief James Batelli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .

New Jersey Search and Rescue, Mahwah firefighters, members of Mahwah Res1cue and an army of private citizens joined the effort following the 9:30 p.m. emergency call. Reverse 911 calls went out around 2:30 a.m.

The non-verbal teen, who didn’t have a history of wandering off and had been to Campgaw before, turned up at 4:45 a.m., Batelli told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning.

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