Missing Utah boy with autism found in Salt Lake

Published on May 01, 2014 at 12:52PM

Police say a 14-year-old Utah boy with autism who went missing near This Is The Place Heritage Park on Wednesday has been found safe. Salt Lake City police say Steven Smith of Clearfield was found Thursday morning in the backyard of a home near 650 North and 1100 East, about 3 miles away. He was reunited with his family soon after.

Authorities say the teenager went missing while his family was unloading their vehicle at the historical park about 5:50 pm.m Wednesday. Police searched the park overnight and expanded their search Thursday morning north to Davis county and south to Utah County. Officials said Wednesday that the boy has a mild form of autism and it was possible he would try to avoid being found.