Mother learns her autistic teenage son was found alive after being missing for three years on camera
Connerjack Oswalt went missing in Clearlake, California in September 2019 aged 16
The emotional moment when a California mother learned that her autistic teenage son had been found alive after being missing for three years was captured by police cameras in Utah.
Connerjack Oswalt was reported missing in Clearlake, California, on September 28, 2019, at age 16, but he was found earlier this month outside a gas station near Park City, Utah, more than 700 miles from his old home.
The teen, who was diagnosed with autism in 2014, was spotted by Summit County Sheriff’s Officers, who saw him shivering in the cold late at night.
They had received reports from local residents that they had seen the boy wandering through the neighborhood with a shopping cart for several weeks.
The young man had initially refused help, but changed his mind when police visited him again last Saturday.
Oswalt was found shivering outside a gas station in a store earlier this month
The police offered to warm him up by sitting in the front of their patrol car
The boy was picked up by police in Utah, 700 miles from where he went missing
“You look like you’re shivering,” the officers said as they approached. ‘You cold? Would you like to sit in his car and warm up? We can’t leave you here all night in front of the door.’
The officers offered the teen a seat in their patrol car to warm up while asking questions about his identity. He also agreed to have his fingerprints scanned.
Oswalt tells the officers he doesn’t want to go anywhere but sit in the car and warm up.
For whatever reason, the Connerjack “refused or was unable to give them his name,” but the Summit County Police Department made sure he received the care he needed.
One of the officers also began searching the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s database.
Utah Police then searched missing persons records and found a match
Another of the original photos shared by concerned parents in 2019
Days later, the boy’s stepfather made the trip to Utah to verify his identity.
Bodycam footage taken by the police shows the man having a police interview with the boy’s mother on speakerphone.
She describes a “very distinctive mole on his neck,” which police confirm.
Police then show the man a photo of the original missing poster from three years earlier and ask him to compare it with an image taken the week before.
Mother, Suzanne and stepfather Gerald Flint are overjoyed to find their son
A police bodycam captured the moment the boy’s stepfather confirmed it was him
The stepfather’s reaction is deeply rooted and he immediately becomes emotional when he realizes that it is the teenage boy they lost years earlier.
On the other end of the line, the Oswalt’s mother asks, “Is it him?”
“Slightly older, but yes!”, he responds
‘Wow! My darling is alive!’ she cries the mother can be heard screaming before collapsing in tears of joy knowing her son has finally been found. ‘Oh my God!’
Oswalt is now being cared for and is expected to be reunited with his mother soon.
“My love is alive!” Oswalt’s mother, Suzanne exclaimed before bursting into tears
Mother, Suzanne, told CBS: ‘We searched all of California. We are just thankful that he is safe and that he is still alive and that we have our son back. That is the most important thing ever for us.’
Oswalt’s stepfather, Gerald Flint, added: ‘Frankly, I’m still dumbfounded by the situation. We’ve had a lot of false hopes over the past two and a half years.”
Flint drove from Idaho Falls, where the family had moved since his disappearance, to Park City to perform the personal identification.
Commenting on the moment Oswalt was reunited with his family, Sheriff Justin Martinez said, “There was no dry eye in the room. They have been reunited with this person whom they had not seen for three years when he was 16. He’s 19 now.’
“While we dealt with this person, he has never been aggressive towards law enforcement, but he was resistant to law enforcement,” Martinez said. FOX 13 News†