Gresham boy who ran away found safe

Police said the boy has been located

Gresham Police Department patrol car (KOIN 6 News, file)
Gresham Police Department patrol car (KOIN 6 News, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 12-year-old autistic boy who was reported missing after he ran away in Gresham early Tuesday morning was found Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m., Gresham Police said the boy was located safe and unharmed. He has since been reunited with his parents.

A citizen spotted the 12-year-old getting into a car in the Cherry Park Shopping Center in Troutdale and recognized him from an earlier news story. The citizen called 911 and stayed on the phone until officers arrived and were able to confirm the boy’s identity.

Initially police said he was staying at a hotel in the 17700 block of NE Sacramento St. He spoke with a man outside of the hotel around 1 a.m. and said he was going to the store.