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Posted 19 May 2013 - 22:23

The search continues for an 8-year-old autistic boy last seen on the beach on Perdido Key Friday afternoon, and Sheriff David Morgan said no results to give hope have been found yet.

"But I'm here to tell you that we're here for the duration," he said in a brief news conference this afternoon. "The first 72 hours are critical."

Today, search efforts expanded along Perdido Key and into Alabama, as agencies from both states have lent personnel to look for Owen Black.

Multiple boats, RVs and people on foot combed the beaches and waters in the Gulf and the Intracoastal Waterway. The search now goes from the bridge to get to Perdido Key and well into Alabama, Morgan said.

Laurie Strite of KlaasKids Foundation, which is aiding in the searches, said they have brought in specialists who may be able to help find Black in places that autistic children may hide in.

"That allows us to put people in areas ... and monitor areas that he might like," Strite said, adding that they are looking in the water and at construction sites.

He was last seen near the Needle Rush Condos in the 17000 block of Perdido Key Drive wearing a red and blue striped shirt and brown sweatpants.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 22:26

What's being autistic got to do with it?

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 22:32

^ Maybe having that mental condition made him more likely to wander off.

Or maybe it makes it more important to find him quickly.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 22:34

Autism doesn't make you 'mental' or 'mentally ill'.
It's a bit like having an article 'ADHD boy, 8, fails school exams', having ADHD or autism really isn't relevant.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 22:43

An autistic person would be more likely not to respond to a rescuer saying their name in a search situation like that, thus making it more crucial.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 22:47

Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism


men·tal
1 [men-tl] mental illness.

2.
of, pertaining to, or affected by a disorder of the mind: a mental patient; mental illness.

3.
providing care for persons with disordered minds, emotions, etc.: a mental hospital.
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performed by or existing in the mind: mental arithmetic; a mental note.
5.
pertaining to intellectuals or intellectual activity.


Sounds like a mental condition to me.

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 22:57

I hope he's somewhere safe, his parents must be worried sick

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 23:02

^ I hope they find him soon, too.

I know what it is like to worry over a lost pet, let alone a son.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:27

I just hope someone didn't snatch him.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 16:35

Autism doesn't make you 'mental' or 'mentally ill'.
It's a bit like having an article 'ADHD boy, 8, fails school exams', having ADHD or autism really isn't relevant.


it is rather relevant.... while not all autism is not bad, his could be bad enough to cause him to wonder off, although it does not clarify it is most likely the reason he has gone missing.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 16:40

He's probably somewhere safe just counting toothpicks.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 18:49

What's being autistic got to do with it?


Every once in a while... life takes a turn and you see something just literally makes you go... WTF?

Ok.. let's educate the self titled Neowinian Wise One.

Here's a link to get you started.
http://www.tucsonallianceforautism.org/autism.htm

Now.. having posted that... I'll let you in on something that page doesn't say.

Autistic people do not see the world like we do. And the younger they are, the more potential for them to get into dangerous situations very very easily. My daughter is autistic.. and for example, no matter how many times I tell her... she just walks from the car to the store, in the lot... with out EVER looking for cars.... unless I mention it each time we get out.

A young child isn't going to know about the dangers around them... this is exceedingly more important when it comes to an autistic child. The child will be extremely unpredictable in the situation, and unlike others.. isn't going to seek help from the first person they see.. and say they are lost.

Show some respect.

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 18:53

Just checking in, has anyone any news as to if the child has been found yet?

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 23:50

^ Yes ...

Body of 8-year-old autistic boy found in Gulf of Mexico

The body of a missing autistic child was found near the beach on Perdido Key on Sunday afternoon, ending two days of an intense search that brought hundreds of volunteers and law enforcement to comb the area by land, sea and air.

Owen Black, 8, who stood just four feet tall and weighed about 45 pounds, was found in the Gulf of Mexico, near shore at about 1 p.m., less than half a mile east of the condo where he was staying with his family. Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said investigators believe Owen got into the water and was trapped by an undertow and taken out to sea.

Witnesses said two men playing Frisbee spotted Owen while playing in the water and pulled him ashore. He appears to have drowned, Morgan said.

http://www.pnj.com/a...-Gulf-of-Mexico

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 00:13

I've got Aspergers Syndrome which is in the Autism spectrum. When I was young (4-10) I would usually wonder off. I don't think the kid is in any more danger than a regular kid but may be harder to find and is probably more likely to get lost.