Missing 10-Year-Old Boy with Autism Found Safe

An 10-year-old boy with autism who went missing in Concord was found safe Friday afternoon in San Francisco, according to police.

Zachary Jordan-Smith, a juvenile with high functioning autism, was found at 2:33 p.m. in the 900 block of Ellsworth Street, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Concord police had reported that he went missing in the area of Port Chicago Highway walking towards the North Concord BART station.

Alice Caruthers spotted the boy getting ready to cross Interstate 280 at Alemany Blvd. and immediately jumped into action.

"I called the boy and told him, 'Stop, don't move,' and when the freeway cleared up I ran over there and grabbed him... and ran across the street and brought him on the other side," Caruthers said.

Caruthers said Zachary told her that he ran away from school because he was being bullied.  He ended up jumping on BART and taking the train to San Francisco, but he had no idea where he was. 

Zachary was reunited with his family by late Friday afternoon.

Editor's note: Police initially said the boy was 11 years old. The story has been updated with the boy's correct age.

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