Richmond police: missing autistic teen found safe

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Richmond police seeks public's help in search for autistic teen

UPDATE: Police reported late Tuesday that Ramon has been found and is safe.

The Richmond Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating a missing 16-year-old boy diagnosed with autism.  

Ramon Garcia was last seen at 2:05 p.m. on Tuesday walking northbound on 23rd Street from Richmond High School where he is a special education student.  The footage of him leaving the school campus was captured on school surveillance cameras after school staff realized he was missing at 3 p.m.

Ramon, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, “has a mental capacity of a three to five year old child” and though he can carry on a conversation, his thought process is delayed, police said.

He stands 5’11” tall, weighs 205 pounds and has brown eyes and “close cut” styled black hair.  He was last seen wearing a dark gray shirt and dark gray shorts.

At least once in the past, Ramon has walked away from campus, boarded an AC Transit bus to BART and went to San Francisco, where he was located, police said.

“It is unknown where he may go today; we have already notified all public transit authorities and surrounding law enforcement agencies with this information,” Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said. “We are asking everyone to keep an eye out for Ramon as he needs to be reunited with his family for his safety.”

Anyone who sees Ramon should call 911 or RPD at (510) 233-1214.

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