Authorities scour area near Turkey Pen Road for missing autistic child


Authorities were searching Thursday for a missing autistic child near Turkey Pen Road in Transylvania County.

The Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office, Mills River Fire and Rescue and Hendersonville Police were among those involved in the search that is near the Henderson County line.

Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney said they believe missing 10-year-old may have become scared during a thunderstorm and ran off.

The sheriff said the search will not be called off when darkness falls.

Kayaks were brought in to aid in the search. There is a creek in area of search, Mahoney said.

He said a member of the missing boy’s family has been contacted.

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