Kevin Wickliffe

Kevin Wickliffe

Kevin Wickliffe, 17, a boy with autism who had been lost in Tyler State Park on Sunday night, has been found. He had last been seen on the trails in the northwest part of Tyler State Park at about 6 p.m. Sunday. He was described by Smith County Smith County Sheriff’s Office as 6 foot and had last been seen wearing a turquoise shirt, blue jeans and black and red tennis shoes.

The sheriff’s office, game wardens, Tyler State Park Police, Red Springs Volunteer Fire Department, The Texas Department of Criminal Justice search team and the DPS Air Unit all teamed up to find Kevin, according to the sheriff’s office.

Kevin was located on County Road 35 just north of I-20 unharmed. As of 1 a.m. on Monday morning, he was being checked out by EMS. Authorities say Wickliffe was a little dehydrated but otherwise unharmed and appeared to be in good condition.

“Fantastic effort by all who assisted in the safe return of this young man,” Smith County Public Information Officer Larry Christian said. “The outpouring of care and compassion from the community was amazing and very much appreciated.”


I came to the Tyler Morning Telegraph in September 2019. I report on crime, courts, breaking news and various events in Tyler and East Texas.

Digital Multimedia Journalist

I love telling stories and making a difference in the people around me. Home-grown in East Texas, I have a Bachelors in Digital Media, and a Masters in Communication. Happily married to my wife Laura, and an active member of the Tyler community.

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