CYPRESS, Texas - A missing teen with autism from Cypress Ranch High School has been found safe and reunited with his family.
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD released this statement thanking everyone who helped in the search:
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is overjoyed to announce that Cypress Ranch High School student Nahum Legaspi has been located and reunited with his family. We would like to thank CFISD police, local law enforcement, Texas Equusearch and the entire community for the outpouring of support during this multi-agency search. There is not enough praise for those who worked around the clock over the past several days; from the first responders to the community members who kept a keen eye out to our local restaurants who donated food. We appreciate all those who worked to ensure Nahum's safe return. We ask that you respect the privacy of the family, giving them the space they need during this time.
Volunteers canvas the area around Cypress Ranch High School, the last place where Nahum Legaspi, 19, was seen. His parents tell FOX 26 that he frequently communicated non-verbally because he has autism.
"He went to school and he didn't come back, we haven't seen him since Wednesday", says his mother Azucena Mayorja.
His parents, emotional, for the last few days they have been searching for their son with family, friends, the Cypress ISD Police Department and Texas Equusearch. The groups have been looking everywhere from fields, construction sits and woods around the Bridge Land Neighborhood.
"We did find a backpack and it was validated that it was his backpack so in an area that is kind of north of west Fry Road", says search coordinator Jack Boggess with Texas Equusearch.
"We believe he is in the area, there are good signs that he is in this area but the main concern right now is he has not been eating for three days", says Alfredo Legaspi, Nahum's father.
We are told Legaspi had got into trouble at school the day he left the campus. His mom says he's ran off before, but never quite like this."He's done this before where he has been gone for a couple of hours a few times he got home ether very late or in the morning but this is the first time he's been gone this long", says Mayorja.
"My understanding is this young man liked the woods and he liked construction areas so that's what we are concentrating on right now", says Boggess.