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Autistic teenager missing in disturbing trend: Joshua Lee Lord disappears

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It is a nightmare parents never want to encounter, but one family is facing its worst fears as they search for a missing autistic teenager. Joshua Lee Lord has disappeared from his home in Bury, which is located in Greater Manchester, in the United Kingdom. His family is worried about his safety because of health issues.


Joshua Lee Lord has been missing since Monday, and no one has been able to provide a specific reason for his disappearance. The 15-year-old has autism, but this is not the only health concern that is leaving his family filled with fears about his safety. Lord also suffers from anxiety and could have an attack at any time. The teenager is described as having brown hair and a medium build. He was wearing blue jogging pants with a gray hoodie before he vanished. Joshua Lee Lord has a tattoo of flames on his left calf. He is part of a growing and disturbing trend of missing autistic children.

The American Academy of Pediatrics published a study that revealed 49 percent of all children with autism will wander away at some point in their lives. Researchers refer to this as eloping, and it is more frequent in teenagers. However, autistic toddlers have disappeared from their homes, so parents must remain vigilant. In addition, some children have run away from school or treatment centers and placed their lives in danger.

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Experts state that finding children or teenagers with autism is not easy while the risks are much higher. In some cases, they are not able to communicate or share identifying information. The National Autism Association reveals that 67 percent of the parents with missing autistic children discovered that their kids were almost killed in a traffic accident. Finding a missing child should be a top priority, and it is crucial to recognize the special needs of people with autism.

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