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Search for missing autistic boy

Posted at 12:11 PM, Jan 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-02 12:11:51-05

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police are recanvassing an eastern Pennsylvania neighborhood where a 5-year-old boy with autism wandered away from a New Year's Eve party without shoes or a coat.

Allentown police Capt. Glen Dorney says 20 search-and-rescue dog teams are out searching for Jayliel Vega Batista.

But police are asking the general public to stop conducting their own searches, saying they're disrupting the efforts of the trained search dogs and their teams.

Instead, police ask anyone who lives in the area to thoroughly search their own property and parked car periodically, in case the boy comes wandering in search of shelter.

Crews have been searching woods near the boy's home and say a dog found the boy's scent but wasn't able to follow it to the boy.