Several law enforcement agencies were frantically searching for a 14-year-old autistic boy who wandered out of the Bob Hope Airport Wednesday and boarded a shuttle.
Cameron James Smith, who is on medication, was scheduled to depart on a 10:30 a.m. Delta Connection flight, according to airport spokesman Victor Gill.
His mother had taken him to the airport to make sure he boarded safely. He was on his way to a specialized school in Salt Lake City, Utah, Gill said.
But after experiencing a mechanical problem, the aircraft had to return to the gate, where the passengers deplaned, Gill said.
Airport security cameras then show Cameron leaving the airport and boarding an parking shuttle in front of the terminal. He then exited the shuttle at the airport’s main entrance at Hollywood Way and Thornton Avenue, Gill said.
No one saw him leave with anyone from there, Gill said.
Airport police were notified of the incident at noon and a search has been underway ever since.