Missing Boy Found Safe After Search in San Bernardino National Forest

The 8-year-old boy, who is autistic, ran away from a school Monday in Twin Peaks

By Jonathan Lloyd, Ryan Bourgard and Gordon Tokumatsu
|  Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011  |  Updated 3:19 PM PDT
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Missing Boy Reunited With Family

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The tearful mother and father of a missing boy embraced sheriff's officials Tuesday after learning their son had been found safe.

Ron Robb said his son, Joshua Robb, who is autistic, is alive and well.

The boy ran away from his school Monday and into the San Bernardino National Forest. The boy was found about one mile northwest of the school at about 2:30 p.m., said Jodi Miller of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Crews played an audio recording of the boy's father's voice as part of the search effort, Miller said.

About 30 search team members continued looking for the boy early Tuesday after an overnight search. Wet conditions complicated search efforts early Tuesday by ground and aerial units.

Josh Robb was seen running from Grandview Elementary School Monday in Twin Peaks. Staff members chased the child, but could not catch him before he ran into the forest, said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.

"He was able to squeeze between the fence and escape into the forest, we believe," said Lt. Rick Els of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Temperatures were in the area were in the low-60s overnight. Rain and cold conditions arrived Tuesday morning. Josh was wearing shorts, a t-shirt and sandals.

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