Boy with autism missing after walking away from Hammond hotel; police seek public’s help


HAMMOND, Ind. — Authorities in Northwest Indiana continue their search for a missing boy with autism who walked away from a hotel on Saturday.

The Hammond Police Department said 12-year-old Kyrin Carter, from Kansas City, was last seen near the Best Western at 3830 179th Street around 12:30 p.m.

He is described as being 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Kyrin was wearing dark blue shorts with light blue stripe and a blue short sleeve shirt. He was not wearing shoes.

Family said Kyrin is non-verbal, but highly functional.

According to police, he is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.

Authorities are asking residents in the area to check their garages, sheds and swimming pools. They also ask to check inside your vehicles on your property in case he is hiding.

Family is in the area for an engagement party. Family and dozens of volunteers and searching a four mile radius around the hotel.

“I just want him to make it back home in one piece,” mother Danielle Duckworth said. “That’s all I want.”

On Monday, authorities focused their search efforts on the Little Calumet River. At around 5:30 p.m., police thought they were on to something when two K9 partners picked up a scent down the river.

“we called in a dive team sonar hit and they hit on a good location they thought it was a body,” Hammond officer Steve Kellogg said. “They searched that area. We sent two different dive teams in it came back that it was not.”

Police said due to him having autism, a stranger may scare him if located. Residents are asked to call 911 and keep your sights on him until officers arrive.

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