Kyrin Carter, a 12-year-old Missouri boy, has been missing since he was last seen at a hotel in Hammond, Indiana. Carter, who has autism, was on vacation with his family in the area.
According to an Indiana State Police alert, he was last seen around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021. Kyrin is nonverbal but highly functional, according to police. The Indiana State Police have released a Silver Alert for Kyrin, which “is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical assistance.”
He is 12 years old.
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The Indiana State Police said Kyrin Carter is a “Black male, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 130 pounds, brown hair with brown eyes, last seen wearing a light blue shirt, dark blue shorts with a light blue stripe and no shoes,”
Kyrin was last seen leaving the Best Western hotel at 3830 179th Street in Hammond, Indiana, according to police. Authorities also released a picture of Kyrin leaving the hotel taken from a surveillance camera. Near 179th Street and Cline Avenue, the Best Western is located.
Authorities assume Kyrin exited the hotel through the back door near the Little Calumet River, according to ABC Chicago.
Dive teams were called out as a precaution, police said at a press conference, but Kyrin is not thought to have gone into the water. At the back of the hotel, there is also a wooded forest. On Sunday, Hammond Police Department Lieutenant Steve Kellogg told the news station, “It’s been just 48 hours, so our fingers are crossed that he’s maybe still somewhere hiding and scared and that we’re still going to find him,”
“The Hammond Police Department is looking for a missing autistic 12 year old male. The boy named Kyrin Carter was last seen near the Best Western near 179th & Cline area on May 15th at approximately 12:30 p.m.”
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On Facebook, the Hammond Police Department said, “Efforts continue today in the search for Kyrin Carter. Kyrin is a 12-year-old autistic Black male who has been missing since Saturday afternoon. Today’s efforts are focused on the Little Calumet River and air support from the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. We have continued support from numerous ground volunteers as well. If anyone has any information, or sees Kyrin, please call 911 immediately. Thank you”
Danielle Duckworth, Kyrin’s mother, told ABC Chicago, “I just want my baby back. He belongs with all this family. He doesn’t ask for much. He just wants to be around his family. He’s my whole world. He means everything to me. Everything that I do is for him, everything.”
Volunteers were given flyers by Duckworth, who told the news station, “The flyers are more so everybody can see his face, just to see his face, bring him back.”
Patricia Duckworth, the boy’s aunt, wrote on Facebook,“Being numb is an understatement. Please God revealed to us where this baby is at better yet let him be found”
Hundreds of volunteers have joined police and emergency responders in the hunt for Kyrin on the ground. More volunteers are welcome to join the hunt, police said at a press conference.
According to Kellogg, a spokesperson for the Hammond Police Department, Kellogg said, “We’ve had canine drones and the helicopters, and everything you can imagine out there. Everybody’s out here doing whatever they can.” Police added that the Department of Natural Resources was using sonar to check the river. “Until our efforts have been fully exhausted anyway, we’re going to keep trying,”
According to volunteer Phillip Clanton, who spoke to the news station, “I couldn’t sleep this morning. I came out to see what I could do to help find this poor child.” Another volunteer, Amy Coglianese, added, “You know we’re moms, and I would want the entire world to come out and help me find my son, so, you know, this is what we’re hopefully going to be able to do for her.”
Anyone with details can call 911 or call the Hammond Police Department at 219-660-0000.
Strangers can frighten Kyrin, according to authorities and his family. On Facebook, the Highland Police Department, which is assisting in the search, wrote: If you do see Kyrin, please do not approach him. We ask that you immediately call 911. Due to Kyrin being autistic, a stranger may scare him or cause him to run away. Do your best to keep him in your sight as you call 911 and emergency responders will be sent to your location. If you think you might have seen something since Saturday, please call 911 as well.”
The department added, “We ask that you check inside your garage, your shed and your swimming pools. Look behind any outside objects on your properties that somebody can hide behind. If you have a deck, check under it. If you have a commercial dumpster, please check inside of it. If there are cars or trucks on your property, please check inside the cars or trucks.”