Family examines night son went missing

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DECATUR, Ill. (WCIA) — Police were knocking on doors searching for a missing teenager with autism Thursday. The family is revealing more details of the morning they realized their son was missing.

16-year old Dominic Walker was reported missing Saturday morning. His parents are trying to figure out where their son is and what may have led to his disappearance.

The family says police have been doing a detailed search of the neighborhood.

Dominic’s dad says, about 4 am, Dominic’s grandmother heard a loud noise. It woke her up. It’s interesting because the grandmother has difficulty hearing, so the parents say, for her to hear something, it must have been pretty loud.

She didn’t notice anything, so she went back to sleep. When the dad woke up and saw his son missing, he noticed his cellphone, his fidget spinner and even his shoes were still in the house. It seems like he left barefoot.

Parents in the neighborhood say they’re staying alert.

“Since Saturday, I’ll sit out and watch over the kids or I have my teenagers watch over and we’ve discussed Stranger Danger because anything is possible.”

The founder of the Missing Persons Awareness Network (MPAN) says she thinks Walker is not alone and did not leave alone. Law enforcement has not confirmed this.

MPAN says it’s upgrading the seriousness of the case and updating the poster to read endangered.

Dominic’s family says he moves his hands around a lot, he chews his thumbs and was last seen wearing a red pullover and black pants. 

Dominic is 5’5″, 120 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward. 

Decatur & Macon County Crime Stoppers  
(217) 423 – TIPS
Text: DPD333 + info to CRIMES (274637)
Decatur Police (217) 424 – 2711 

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