Police: Missing Medford boy with autism found following search efforts

15-year-old Michael Graham did not make it to school after leaving home on Wednesday morning.

Posted: Dec 4, 2019 2:42 PM
Updated: Dec 4, 2019 4:03 PM


UPDATE: NewsWatch 12 has confirmed that 15-year-old Michael Graham has been found safe.

"Child has been found and is safe," Medford Police posted around 4 p.m. on Wednesday. "Thanks for the help!"

(Updated 12/4/19 at 4 p.m.)

INITIAL REPORT: The Medford Police Department (MPD) has asked for help from the public in locating a missing boy on the autism spectrum who did not make it to school on Wednesday morning.

15-year-old Michael Graham left his house in the morning and headed toward North Medford High School, but he never arrived. MPD said that Graham is autistic and has "limited navigation skills."

"We confirmed he never made it on the school bus either," the agency said.

Graham lives in the first block of Mace Road in Medford. He was last seen wearing a blue sweater and black sweatpants.

Lt. Mike Budreau with MPD said that the school notified Graham's parents via email when he did not show up for class. The Medford School District confirmed that an email normally goes out to parents when a student does not show up for first period.

School administrators contacted the school resource officer (SRO) regarding Graham's absence around 1:15 p.m. on Wednesday, the District said. Medford Police got in contact with Graham's parents around 1:30 p.m., and his parents were already out searching.

Roughly 10 officers and Graham's parents remained out looking for him as of 3:30 p.m.

Anyone with information about Graham's location should call 911 or 541-770-4783.

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