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Autistic Buffalo man found in Orleans County

ALBION – A 21-year-old autistic Buffalo man who bolted from a group that was taken to the Town of Yates for a nature walk early Thursday afternoon was found about a hour after he fled, according to Orleans County Sheriff Scott D. Hess.

The man bolted from the group from the Autism Service of Buffalo organization when they got to the 1800 block of Murdock road in Yates to prepare for the walk about 1 p.m. The man who ran into nearby woods was found in the 1900 block of Niagara-Orleans County Line Road in the Town of Yates about 2 p.m.

A resident of that area called 911 after noticing a man she did not recognize and it turned out to be the autistic man from Buffalo, the sheriff said. The man entered a residence in that part of Yates and was finally located in an upstairs bedroom of that residence by Orleans and Niagara County sheriff deputies who had been put on the search detail.

Hess said the man was found about two miles from where he had fled his group. He was returned to Murdock Road and examined by EMS personal. Hess said crews from the State Environmental Conservation Law Enforcement unit, and firefighters from Lyndonville, Ridgeway and Shelby and officials of the Orleans County Office of Emergency Management took part in the search. An Albion Police K-9 dog was called to the scene of the search but his services were not needed, Hess said.