Thursday, October 18, 2007

autistic teen found alive in woods

Over the past few days I've been following the story of the 18 year old autistic young man who wandered away from his family on a hike in West Virginia. He is non-verbal and functions at a 3 or 4 year old level.

The teen, who has the mental capacity of a 3- or 4-year-old, opened his eyes and rolled over to meet his rescuers when Reneau's son, Jeremy Reneau, called out his name.

"He was very quiet, he was nonverbal," said Jeremy Reneau, 25, the first to spot Allen. "But you could tell by his body language he was hungry."

Rescuers fed him candy bars and peanut butter sandwiches and tried to walk him out of the wooded Dolly Sods Wilderness Area, part of the Monongahela National Forest.

When he became too tired, they carried him out on a litter, Reneau said.

you can read the view the whole article here:

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/US/10/18/hiker.found.ap/?iref=mpstoryview

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