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Frantic search for autistic boy missing at Bob Hope Airport

October 19, 2011 |  3:24 pm

Cameron James Smith

Authorities were searching Wednesday for a 14-year-old autistic boy who wandered away from Bob Hope Airport.

Cameron James Smith was scheduled to depart on a 10:30 a.m. flight, but the plane had to return to the gate and the passengers got off the aircraft, officials said.

The boy was seen boarding an airport parking shuttle in front of the terminal and he got off the shuttle at the airport’s main entrance at Hollywood Way and Thornton Avenue, according to a statement from the airport.

Airport police were notified of the incident at noon and a search has been underway ever since.

The Burbank and Los Angeles police departments and the Burbank-Glendale Air Support unit are also involved in the search, according to the Burbank Leader.

Cameron is described as white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 118 pounds with brown hair. He was wearing a white, long-sleeved sweater, light blue jeans and brown penny loafers.


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Photo: Cameron James Smith. Credit: Airport security video / KTLA-TV, Channel 5