Boy, 8, with autism missing about 3 hours found safe

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MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - An 8-year-old boy with autism was reported missing for about three hours Monday morning before crews successfully located him.

According to police, the boy was reported missing around 7 a.m. when he ran into the woods on Kemerer Hollow Road in Murrysville.

“Having an autistic child take off is not something that can be explained because you never know how they are going to react to the situations around them,” the boy’s mother, Moody-Lazabeck, said.

Moody-Lazabeck, told Channel 11’s Dave Bondy that her son, Kol, was found about three hours later. He was not injured.

“As they were prepping the dogs, my son actually popped out of some weeds. He was hiding under something. That’s why the helicopter couldn’t find him,” Moody-Lazabeck said.

Moody-Lazabeck said she’s grateful for the support and help of her community.

“I can’t be more thankful for how quickly they responded and how seriously they took my son taking off into the woods,” Moody-Lazabeck said.