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New York Student With Autism Missing, Last Seen Running on Highway: NYPD

What to Know

  • Police want the public's help finding missing student Junior Parker, 21, who they say is autistic
  • He was last seen running down the West Side Highway in Manhattan after running away from Stuyvesant High School about 9 a.m., cops said
  • Parker was last seen wearing a t-shirt with white lettering, a blue denim jacket, and blue jeans

UPDATE: Police say 21-year-old Junior Parker has been found safe.

A New York student with autism has gone missing, and police say he was last seen running on the West Side Highway.

NYPD School Safety tweeted Friday afternoon that it needed the public's help finding 21-year-old Junior Parker. He went missing from Stuyvesant High School. 

Police said it was reported that Parker was last seen on Friday leaving the school at 345 Chambers Street on the West Side just before 9 a.m and running southbound on the nearby West Side Highway. 

A mobile command center had been set up outside Stuvesant High School Friday evening along with at least 10 schools safety vans and cars. A police source told NBC 4 Parker was traced via surveillance video taking the E train in the Oculus. Police lost him after that. 

NYC Department of Education deputy press secretary Miranda Barbot said the NYPD immediately responded and was conducting a full search with the department's support. “After a student left the building, the door alarm was activated and we are closely monitoring the situation," Barbot said.

Parker normally travels on a yellow school bus, police said. Cops said he was not "travel trained."

He was last seen wearing a t-shirt with white lettering a blue denim jacket and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to call police. 

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