Missing Teen With Autism Found Alive by Officers Outside Utah Gas Station

A California teenager with autism who went missing in 2019 was found outside a gas station by officers in Park City, Utah, on Saturday, April 9.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said a concerned community member contacted the police after seeing a young man, later identified as Connerjack Oswalt, sleeping outside a gas station.

Oswalt was 16 when he was reported missing by California’s Clearlake Police Department in September of 2019, according to Fox13.

Police bodycam footage shows officers bringing Oswalt into their car to warm up.

“Through past interactions and the Saturday interaction, it was clear to deputies that the man communicated differently,” the sheriff’s office wrote.

After tentatively identifying Oswalt, officers contacted his family, who had moved from California to Idaho after their home was badly damaged in a wildfire, Fox13 reported. His stepfather, Gerald Flint, drove out from Idaho Falls to Park City.

Additional bodycam video shows Flint positively identifying Oswalt to officers while on the phone with Oswalt’s mother.

“My sweetheart’s alive,” she sobs over the phone.

Fox13 said Oswalt was safe and placed into a treatment facility. Credit: Summit County Sheriff – Utah via Storyful

Video transcript

GERALD FLINT: Morning.

You look like you're shivering. You cold?

CONNERJACK OSWALT: Yes.

GERALD FLINT: You want to come sit in his car and warm up for a minute? We can't have you sitting in front of the door here all night.

CONNERJACK OSWALT: As long I'm not being taken anywhere.

GERALD FLINT: Sorry, I can't hear you.

CONNERJACK OSWALT: As long as I'm not being taken anywhere.

GERALD FLINT: No, you're not being taken anywhere. Just come sit in the car and warm up. Where's your shopping cart at?

CONNERJACK OSWALT: Got stolen.

GERALD FLINT: It got stolen?

CONNERJACK OSWALT: Yeah.

GERALD FLINT: That's no good.

CONNERJACK OSWALT: Only lasts for a minute. [INAUDIBLE]

GERALD FLINT: OK.

OFFICER: Go and sit in my front passenger seat where it's warm. [INAUDIBLE]

GERALD FLINT: Just come in here and warm up.

CONNERJACK OSWALT: [INAUDIBLE]

GERALD FLINT: You have a knife or gun or anything like that?

OFFICER: No bazooka? Crossbow?

CONNERJACK OSWALT: No.

GERALD FLINT: OK.

OFFICER: Just have a seat-- [BEEPING] --and warm up.

GERALD FLINT: Where were you at when your shopping cart got stolen?

CONNERJACK OSWALT: Uh, doesn't matter.

GERALD FLINT: What's that?

CONNERJACK OSWALT: It doesn't matter. I don't need it anymore.

OFFICER: Let me-- I can't find your--

GERALD FLINT: The missing person photo that we located was this.

FATHER: Yes.

GERALD FLINT: And then, the photo that came from Nevada for the arrest was this.

FATHER: Holy crap.

MOTHER (ON PHONE): Is it him?

FATHER: Man. A little bit older, but yeah.

GERALD FLINT: And what stood out to me was the ears.

MOTHER (ON PHONE): Oh my god!

GERALD FLINT: You know, not knowing him.

FATHER: Yeah.

GERALD FLINT: He looks pretty similar to this. His hair's longer right now. His beard is a little bit thicker.

FATHER: Yeah. [SIGHS] Wow.

MOTHER (ON PHONE): Our sweetheart's alive. Oh my God.

[SOBBING] Dan, can you come get him, please?

[SOBBING]

FATHER: Yeah, I definitely will do my best to bring him home.

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