URGENT: Help needed as search for missing 7-year-old nonverbal autistic boy continues into 2nd day [Police]

Authorities in Texas are requesting the public’s assistance in a desperate search for a missing autistic boy who was last seen Sunday afternoon.

The boy, 7-year-old Xavion Young, of Texas City, was last seen just after noon at his home, located at the Costa Mariposa Apartments on Medical Center Drive, KHOU reports, citing authorities.

A search of a retention pond located on the apartment’s premises was reportedly at the center of the search as of Sunday night. The boy’s family told authorities that he was known to feed a goose at the location, according to ABC 13. The pond had not turned up any clues at the time of reporting.

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The missing child is described by police as standing 4-feet tall, and weighs about 52 pounds. The last time he was seen, Xavion was wearing white and grey plaid shorts with black and blue shoes. While he reportedly has a nonverbal form of autism, authorities said he “will respond to his name.”

Officials have requested assistance from Texas Equusearch in efforts to find Xavion. The organization, whose mission is to provide “experienced, organized and ethical volunteer search efforts for missing persons,” has asked for volunteers to aid with the search.

Those wishing to help are asked to sign in with Equusearch “in the northeast parking lot of the College of the Mainland, located in the 1200 block of N. Amburn Road” in Texas City. They are asking for help from people who are able to look for the boy on foot, and also from those with ATVs.  

Anyone with information pertaining to Xavion’s whereabouts is urged to call the Texas City Police Department immediately at 409-643-5720 or Texas EquuSearch at 281-309-9500.

This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide updates as information becomes available.

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[Feature Photo: Xavion Young/Texas City Police Department]