Special needs registry helps bring missing teen home safe

A 16-year-old boy with special needs was safely returned home thanks to a pilot program designed to assist first responders.

A good Samaritan alerted the Manasquan Police Department on July 23 an unaccompanied teenager was seen walking along the street, said Manasquan Police Chief Michael Bauer.

Something “seemed off” about the general demeanor of the boy, which prompted the passerby to call police, Bauer said.

Although police don’t know how long the teen went missing, Manasquan Police were able to return him home within minutes of responding to the 911 call, Bauer said.

The teen was listed on the Monmouth County Special Needs Registry, a voluntary program for families and individuals living with disabilities ranging from autism to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The pilot program was launched in March 2016.

Read the entire NJ.com article here. Originally published on Aug. 8, 2017.

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