Missing 17-year-old autistic Port St. Lucie High School student found safe, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara
An autistic South Hutchinson Island 17-year-old Port St. Lucie High School student reported missing early this morning has been located, and the boy is safe, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
"Deputies found John Grover (Joseph) Tabor, of 8800 South Ocean Drive (Island Dunes) huddled under the Jensen Beach Causeway," Sheriff Mascara said. "He apparently just walked away from his home. He did not go into the ocean."
He was found shortly before 8 a.m.
"John Grover (Joseph) Tabor, 17, of 8800 South Ocean Drive (Island Dunes), Jensen Beach, St. Lucie County, lives with his father, John Tabor," said Sheriff Mascara. "Thursday night, Mr. Tabor returned home from work at 6:30 p.m., saw his son's backpack in the home and assumed he was home."
Then, Sheriff Mascara said, Mr. Tabor went to bed.
At 12:56 a.m., one of the tenants at Island Dunes found the boy's keys, school identification and flip-flops at the end of the boardwalk to the beach. He took those items to the Island Dunes security guard who called 9-1-1.
St. Lucie County Sheriff's patrol deputies and detectives searched all night on foot. Also used in the search are a St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office K-9 team, a Martin County Sheriff's Office K-9 bloodhound team, a St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office helicopter, a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and a Coast Guard boat.
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