Missing Autistic man found safe, new details - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Missing Autistic man found safe, new details

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The search for a missing autistic man in southwest Lubbock County is over. Authorities say James Blake Roberts, 27, was found safe early Monday morning.

Assistant Chief Deputy Doug Sutton says Roberts came home on his own just after 5:00 AM.  "He was disoriented and cold," Sutton says.

Because he was disoriented Sutton says Deputies did not have a chance to ask him where he had been during the time in which he was missing.  Sutton also says Deputies will see if Roberts qualifies for an electronic tracking device, which might help locate him faster if he were to turn up missing again in the future.

Roberts told family he was going for a walk Sunday at about 2:30 PM.  When Roberts did not return to his home in the 12000 block of County Road 1240, the search for him started around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Lubbock County sheriff's deputies, Wolfforth firefighters, a DPS helicopter crew, and Texas Department of Criminal Justice bloodhound teams all helped in the search for Roberts.

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