Missing and Never Forgotten
Family, Police Looking For Missing 13-Year-Old Autistic Bronx Boy Ross Harrison
April 26, 2012 11:22 AM
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A mother and father in the Bronx are desperately searching for their 13-year-old autistic son who has hasn’t been seen since he left for school Tuesday morning.
For the past two days, Rosura Tabers has been worried sick about her son, Ross Harrison. She says the 13-year-old ran out of the building Tuesday morning after complaining about being bullied.
“That day, he told me he don’t want to go to school because someone was going to hit him on the bus,” she told CBS 2′s John Schriffen.
As the two started to head down from the fifth floor to the school bus, relatives said Harrison ran out the door and kept going. The family said the building’s super saw him take off down the block.
“He’s only 13 and he cannot defend himself,” Tabers said. “That’s what I worry about, that somebody might hurt him.”
His father, also named Ross Harrison, has been handing out flyers hoping that someone has seen his son.
“I’m stressed out because he has autism,” he said. “He can basically communicate and he can say his name, but I don’t know how he has been making it without no food or water.”
The family is now pleading to the public for help.
“Hold him and call the police until we can get there and don’t try to get him because he don’t do nothing to nobody,” said Tabers.
The 13-year-old was wearing a black sweater, black shirt, black pants and brown sneakers when he went missing.
Anyone with information on where he might be should call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
Missing 13-Year-Old Bronx Autistic Boy Found Safe By Good Samaritans
April 27, 2012 7:34 AM
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A missing autistic boy from the Bronx has been reunited with his family after being found safe by good Samaritans in the subway.
Ross Harrison was reunited with his mother early Friday morning. The 13-year-old has been missing since Tuesday and was still wearing the same shirt he had on when he first disappeared on his way to school.
1010 WINS’ John Montone reports
Harrison was tired and hungry, but overall in good health after spending three days alone on the streets and in the subways of New York.
“He was telling me that he wants to come home,” Harrison’s mother Rosura Tabers told CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown. “That he was walking and going inside the train and was trying to come back home.”
Harrison is autistic and has a severe speech impediment, so his parents were extremely worried that he wouldn’t be able to find his way home.
Since he went missing, they’ve been plastering the neighborhood with flyers with Harrison’s picture and all their efforts paid off.
Dozens of sightings came pouring in over the last 24 hours and overnight, two good Samaritans spotted the teen on the J train in Brooklyn and brought him to a police station.
From there, he was escorted back to the Bronx where he was reunited with his mother and checked out by medics.
Tabers didn’t get the names of those who found her son, but has a message for them.
“I just want to tell them thanks a lot, they made me very happy,” she said.