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Homeless Man Called A Hero After Finding Missing Autistic Teen

A 17-year-old California boy who disappeared Wednesday after he wandered away from a supermarket was located by a homeless man who helped contact police.

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The 17-year-old boy was reported missing by his mother Wednesday after he wandered away while shopping at a supermarket in Garden Grove, California, KTLA-TV reported.


Chang said the first two people that Hinton asked for help ignored him, but a third listened to his plea and then called the police.

"Yeah, he needs help," Hinton told KTLA in an interview about the incident. "We got to call his mom. We got to call 911."

The teenager and mother were glad to be reunited after a frightening five hours apart.


"You can make a difference," said Chang at a news conference about Hinton's heroism. "Just like him, it might not be for anything in return, but you can definitely change someone's life."

Hinton and the woman who helped him call 911 will also be honored at an upcoming dinner with the Garden Grove Police Chief.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a breaking news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Honolulu.

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