Missing autistic boy, 12, found in Westminster

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Gabriel Duwaik (Credit: Westminster Police Department)

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — Police were searching for a boy with autism Thursday morning after he was reported missing late Wednesday night.

However, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Thursday, police reported the child, 12-year-old Gabriel Duwaik, had been found in the area of 72nd Avenue and Quebec Street, which is about 10 miles from where he was first reported missing.

Duwaik has autism and is non-verbal and was first reported missing around 9 p.m. Wednesday just west of Mountain Range High School.

“Gabriel missed his nightly medication which may make him tired,” police wrote in a press release Thursday morning. “In the past he has fallen asleep outside, and he could possibly be sleeping in a nearby yard or park.”

The successful search Thursday morning involved a team that includes bloodhound dogs, and a CodeRED alert, which is an emergency notification system that called over 30,000 landline phone number in the area Duwaik was reported missing.



  • Jim

    Why not use disability friendly words like a boy with autism? A woman with disabilities, , A man with schizophrenia, a child with ADD??? I expect different words from a professional news organization. I hope your editor reads this and would like feedback if he/she has read it. My hope is to enlighten your reporting staff.( NOT AN AUTISTIC CHILD). It’s a slight difference in wording and I have no doubt the editors will make a change. . Plz e mail me so I can see if anyone is reading this???

  • Jim

    By the way…it is not a autistic…it’s an autistic
    boy! How can your agency make 2 incorrect mistakes???

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