SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – It took 24 searchers a helicopter and K-9 units just three hours to locate a missing Autistic man Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Police said the incident began at 2:55 p.m. when the 19-year-old’s father reported that he could not find the man around their Rocky Hill Road home.

A search involving two dozen police, fire, and EMS personnel commenced.

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Police said two New Jersey State Police K-9 units, a K-9 from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, as well as a helicopter from the New Jersey State Police assisted in the search.

At 5:46 p.m., searchers located the man in the neighborhood, where EMS evaluated him and then turned him over to his parents, police said.

"The effort to locate this teen just reflects the best in our community,” Chief Hayducka said. “It was a coordinated effort by all the emergency services along with several tips from residents."

Police said the department received a dozen phone calls and sightings of the teenager after the alert went out that he was missing.

Police gave special thanks to Kendall Park, Kingston, and Monmouth Junction Fire Departments as well as the South Brunswick EMS and Monmouth Junction First Aid Squad. 

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