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Missing child alert issued for Lake Worth Beach teen

Matthew Rodriguez, 17, last seen near Lake Worth Community High School
Matthew Rodriguez on white background
Posted at 8:32 PM, May 26, 2023

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has issued a missing child alert for a 17-year-old boy in Lake Worth Beach.

According to the FDLE, Matthew Rodriguez was last seen Friday in the 1700 block of Lake Worth Road, near Lake Worth Community High School.

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said the teenager is suicidal and borderline autistic.

He was last seen wearing a black and brown hooded sweatshirt and a black T-shirt with a tuxedo pattern on the front.

The alert warns not to approach him if seen.

"I would want everybody to look for him, you know, notify me, tell me something, you know, of course," said Adam Dominguez, who lives in the area and said he's keeping an eye out for the missing teen. "I'm a father, so my kid missing, I don't know how that feels, but I wouldn't want to know."

Anyone with information was asked to call the FDLE or Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.