Missing autistic Hale Center man found safe - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/29/10

Missing autistic Hale Center man found safe

HALE CENTER, TX (KCBD) - Thirteen hours after he went missing, Shelton Martin from Hale Center has been found safe. Police tell KCBD NewsChannel 11 that he was found shortly after 1:00 p.m. in a friend's vacant house one block from his home.

Shelton's aunt, Shirley Thompson, expressed how happy she was to see her nephew safe and sound. "We're so happy! We're just glad he's ok. Emotionally I think he will be ok, but right now he's just scared."

The Hale Center Police Department issued a missing person's alert after Shelton Martin, 26, disappeared from his home in the 500 block of East 3rd Street in Hale Center. Shelton went missing between 11 p.m. and midnight.

The Hale Center Police department had help from surrounding communities. Police from Plainview and Brownfield brought search dogs and horses to find Shelton.

Authorities ordinarily wait 24 hours before issuing such an alert, but sped up the process because Shelton is autistic. His family says he has the mentality of an 8 to 10-year-old.

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