A lost boy with autism sparks a major search effort in the south suburban area of Klamath Falls...
Six year old Shaun Grinnals lives with autism.
"He is non-communitive." Notes Shaun's mother, Crystal Grinnals. "He loves to sing, loves to make music, but he will not communicate - he's very aggressive."
Just before six Thursday night, Shaun ran off naked while his mom was getting a bath ready.
"I was scared." Recounted Mrs. Grinnals. "It's the third time he's done it, but it's never been this long."
A call to 911 triggered a massive search of the neighborhood.
Sergeant Darren Frank of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office says that Shaun's autism complicated the search effort...
"It just makes it a heck of a lot harder to pinpoint, or out-guess him as to where he's going to go."
Crystal Grinnals began to panic as minutes turned into hours. "There were so many bad things going through my mind. It was starting to get dark - it was starting to get cold."
Just before 8 p.m., Sgt. Frank notes that Shaun was spotted in the upstairs apartment. "He actually climbed a rain gutter to the top story on the balcony, and got in an unlocked, sliding glass door."
Crystal Grinnals has high praise for all those who helped with the search. "Everybody told me there was a good 500 people out searching. I can't even thank them enough."
Police used a ladder to rescue Shaun from the locked apartment two hours after he went missing.
Over two dozen officers from several agencies helped to comb the neighborhood. A command post was set up at a nearby church, where calls were made to neighbors to help locate the boy.