12 year old Quenton Moomey
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- For nearly ten hours, he was nowhere to be found. But tonight a 12-year old autistic boy is safe at home, after wandering away in the middle of the night.
Quenton Moomey went missing in the middle night.
The autistic child walked through a storm, field, and eventually ended up on a farm.
The boy was discovered missing when his mother, Julie Moomey, went to check on him before bed, "I went to check on the kids like I always do before I went to sleep he just wasn't there."
Moomey says she tossed the house upside down looking for the boy, "Terrifying is probably the only word I could come up with, I was absolutely terrified."
Soon Quentin did pop up at a nearby farm. Sgt. Corey Luce, with Kent County Sheriff's Department says cases like these are preventable with a program called 'Project Life Saver.' "We can quickly find that person instead of spending all night or hours looking for them."
The program puts a tracking device on the autistic child prone to wandering off. "Some piece of mind that if a child does go missing they know something can back them up, and this equipment does do that."
It's a program Quenton's mom will now be looking at. "He probably would have been found in a matter of minutes, I probably could have found him myself."
The program always needs more volunteers and donations, but is welcoming more families into the program.