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Family searches for missing autistic man

Courtesy of the Castillo Family

Miguel Castillo Jr., 30, went missing Monday, Nov. 19 in the afternoon near the Metro Station at 7th St. and Figueroa while on his first outing with a new adult day care group.

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The family of Miguel Castillo, Jr. speaks at an LAPD news conference asking the public's help to find their loved one.

Courtesy of the Castillo Family

The family of Miguel Castillo, Jr. is asking the public's help to find him He is a 30-year old with autism and bipolar disorder who cannot communicate in any language.

UPDATE 5:27 p.m.: Los Angeles police announced that Miguel Castillo has been found. According to a press release, someone saw Castillo in Whittier and called the Los Angeles Adult Protective Services. Staff picked him up and temporarily placed him at a facility in Hollwyood.

"He has now been reunited in good condition with his greatly relieved family members," the LAPD press release stated. "Chief Beck and the LAPD would like to thank members of the media and local broadcasters for their diligence and assistance, without which Castillo might have been found so quickly."

Miguel Castillo has never been lost or on his own before. He cannot speak or really understand words or instructions. He has the body of a 30-year old and the mind of a toddler. That’s why his sister and his family are asking for help.

“Find my son soon, that’s all that I ask,” said his father, Miguel Castillo, Sr.

Miguel Castillo, Jr. went missing around 2:30 p.m. Monday in downtown Los Angeles near the Metro station at 7th and Figueroa Streets. It was his first day with a new daycare center on a field trip; about 12 people visited downtown. Castillo's family says the group was headed back to the Culver City care center. But somehow the group boarded the wrong train and needed to switch routes.

At some point Miguel Castillo got lost but it’s unclear how. His family believes he stayed on the train or got lost in the crowd, or perhaps boarded another train.

“I can stress how terrified we are as far as his safety because he has no speech and he has no way of getting home,” said his older sister, Myrna Almodovar.

She added that Castillo has the mental capacity of a one or two-year old. She said he has severe autism and has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He takes medication for his conditions but at this point, the family said, he probably hasn’t had any.

“He responds to his name,” Almodovar said. “I don’t know if his behavior would be aggressive but just call the police, if you see him.”

Here are some physical descriptions of Miguel Castillo, Jr.

  • 30-year old Hispanic man
  • short dark brown hair, brown eyes
  • 5’8 and 185 lbs.
  • last seen wearing a tan jacket, silver/gray shirt, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, and a dark gray backpack

If you spot him, call 310-482-6334 or 1-877-LAPD-24-7.


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