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.”