FARMINGTON — Police found a missing 17-year-old Farmington High School student safe in Durango, Colo.
Travis Brown, who is autistic, was reported missing by his parents Sunday evening.
Durango police found Brown on Monday afternoon at the Durango Discovery Museum, Farmington police Lt. Taft Tracy said.
Tracy said Brown talked to police detectives and was released to his family.
"He is in good health," Tracy said.
Farmington police orchestrated a large-scale search for Brown on Sunday night and Monday because of his disability. Multiple law-enforcement agencies were involved and the San Juan County Sheriff's Office helicopter patrolled the area for several hours on Sunday night and again on Monday looking for Brown.
A reverse 911 call notified about 100 residents in the immediate vicinity of the boy's home about his disappearance.
About 50 emergency services personnel -- including nine fire units and two EMS units -- assisted in the search.
"I am concerned for his welfare because of his disability and that places him in what we consider the missing and at-risk (category)," Farmington police Sgt. Kent O'Donnell said Sunday night.
On Monday, Farmington police called in additional officers to search for Brown, Tracy said.
"The search was extensive but with (this) type of situation, time is of the essence," Tracy said.
Brown got into a disagreement with family members about his grades and left the home Sunday evening, Tracy said.
Tracy said Brown received a ride to Durango on Sunday. When he was there, he told two Durango residents that he was 18 years old and had been kicked out of his house.
The Durango residents let Brown stay with them for a night.
At 11 a.m. the Durango residents learned Farmington police were searching for Brown and they called Farmington police, Tracy said.
"The people he was involved with had no idea he was a runaway and had special needs," Tracy said.
He said no one is suspected of any criminal wrongdoing in connection with the search.
Farmington police contacted Durango police who immediately started a search for Brown, who was found at the museum at 1:20 p.m., Tracy said.
"Within 30 minutes of receiving communication from (Farmington police) regarding the teen's possible whereabouts, Durango police were able to locate him and safely return him to his family," Georgette Allen, a public information officer for Farmington police, said in a prepared statement.
Tracy said the investigation showed the value of social media and the other ways police reach out to the public to gather information quickly.
"It's an absolutely perfect example of how we as a society have changed," Tracy said. "Information can go out in one city and within minutes thousands of people have seen it and can help us solve and prevent crime."