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This past week, two New York City teens with autism went missing when they wandered away from their families.
Family members are desperately searching for 15 year old Davaion Needom, known as DJ, who was last seen early Wednesday morning at Lincoln Park in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn. He was at the park with his uncle, Michael McCoy who was walking his dog and told Needom to stay seated until he returned. When McCoy came back, Needom bolted and McCoy from until to catch him.
Needom, whom family members say has moderate autism, can able to communicate and is very friendly. Originally from Atlanta, Needom now resides in the Bronx and isn’t familiar with the area that he disappeared from.
Needom’s family have posted flyers all around the neighborhood and he is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall and 120 pounds with a scar on the back of his head. He was last seen wearing a light blue polo shirt, dark jeans and striped Jordan sneakers (News 12).
Thursday morning, 18 year old Christian Santos went missing from his home on Morsemere Avenue in Yonkers. Authorities report that while Santos is able to communicate, they fear he may wander into the water as many people with autism have a fascination with bodies of water.
The teen’s family describes him as 5 feet 5 inches, 130 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, khaki pants, blue sneakers and a stainless steel chain with a black cross.
If you recognize one of these missing teens, please notify Crime Stoppers of their whereabouts at 1-800-577-TIPS.